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18 Reasons Why We Still Love You, Woody Allen
Magnificent moments from the real King Of Comedy

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8. The Sofa-Bound Monologue

Film: Manhattan (1979)

Allen’s most beautiful, most personal film, it’s a shock to discover than when Allen saw the rough cut of Manhattan, he offered to do his next film for free if United Artists kept Manhattan on the shelf. Quite frankly, this is almost unbelievable, as Manhattan remains one of Allen’s greatest triumphs, a love letter (of sorts) to his hometown and a delicate mix of acute observations and gorgeously shot sequences.

As for a favourite moment from Manhattan, it's definitely the sofa-bound monologue asking “Why is life worth living?” (an Empire classic scene from years gone by), though the ending credits and the opening sequence definitely deserve a mention too. 

 

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