Woody Allen

Paris-Manhattan

Alice Taglioni in Paris-Manhattan

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 May   Peter Minuit buys Manhattan, 1626 On this day in 1626, the German-born Peter Minuit bought the island of Manhattan off native Americans for 60 guilders (somewhere around $1,000 at 2013 prices). He had been sent to the …

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Midnight in Paris

Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 October     Birth of Picasso, 1881 On this day in 1881, the Spanish artist Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born. Prodigiously talented, Picasso was painting at a high level as a child, and continued experimenting with different media …

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Manhattan

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in silhouette in Manhattan

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 September     George Gershwin born, 1898 On this day in 1898, the writer of Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch over Me, Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess was born in Brooklyn, New York. …

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Manhattan

    Woody Allen’s 1979 magnum opus starts famously with a long montage which appears to suggest that New York is to the modern world what Paris was in the early half of the 20th century – the home of romance, intellectualism, art, sex and impossible glamour. To the sinuous jazz of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in …

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