42-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis has a job he hates, a 17-year-old girlfriend he doesn’t love, and a lesbian ex-wife who’s writing a tell-all book about their marriage. Living vicariously through the protagonist of his debut novel, but struggling to find personal or professional fulfillment of his own, Isaac quits his job as a television writer and begins a relationship with his best friend’s mistress, setting him off on a neurosis-riddled journey of self-discovery and self-sabotage. Regarded by many as Woody Allen’s masterpiece (Stardust Memories runs it close), this ode to love and Manhattan set to the music of George Gershwin still has the capacity to beguile. It also has one of the greatest final lines in cinema history.
The 18:15 screening on Tue 16 May is introduced by Dr John D. Ayres, Visiting Tutor in American Studies at the University of Manchester.