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Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” Essay

Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” Essay

By the late 1970s, film audiences had grown weary of folklorish, American morality plays, popularly known as the Western Film. As nightly news brought distant, real life trauma into peoples’ living rooms, entertainment factors found in the Western’s cannon began to appear like a quaint, escapist myth. With no more American West to conquer, elements of the Western film had to find a new setting to strike chords with modern audiences. Like many Western films of the previous decades, Woody Allen’s 1979 film Manhattan identifies with the concept of male discovery and exploration , but applies the themes to urban, pretentious, characters facing ubiquitously modern problems.

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