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Opening montage from Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” gets an update: VIDEO

Check out Allen’s classic "Rhapsody in Blue" montage with images of contemporary Manhattan
October 02, 2016 12:00PM

A still from Woody Allen's "Manhattan"

A still from Woody Allen’s “Manhattan”

Woody Allen’s 1979 film “Manhattan” opens with a montage of city scenes and skyline views set to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” But that was a long time ago and the city looks pretty different today. Luckily someone has updated that footage for 2016.

And here is the update by filmmaker Dustin Lee. Lee writes:

“The opening sequence from Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ is the ultimate love letter to New York City. I thought it would be a fun experiment to shoot new footage of the city, and edit it to Allen’s monologue and George Gershwin’s wonderful ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’ Much of NYC has changed since 1979 (when the film was released), but I think if you listen to the monologue you’ll see that its heart and soul are the same even 30-40 years later. Enjoy!”

Manhattan: Opening Scene from DERTV on Vimeo.