“Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. Eh uh, no, make that he, he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin…”
- Isaac Davis (Woody Allen) in Manhattan
There is no city on Earth that has lent itself to film more than Manhattan, that small island between the American mainland and the Atlantic. It’s all things to all sorts of people: It’s a city of crime and a city of every day heroes; America’s greatest melting pot and the site of the nation’s greatest tragedy. It’s a place where millionaires and paupers often live less than a few hundred feet from each other. In When Harry Met Sally, it was the perfect backdrop to a decade-long romance, while in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver it took on the guise of a putrid underworld that somehow found its way to the surface. It been home to the neurotic intellectuals that populate Woody Allen movies (see above) and it’s the place where cabbies will try to mow you down despite the fact that you’re walkin’ over here.
As lifelong movie-fans, we’ll never pass up the opportunity to visit some iconic movie locales anytime we’re in New York City. But you don’t manage to make your way stateside this year, we’ve got the next best thing: a virtual tour of our favourite cinematic locations on Manhattan.
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