Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happiness is...

... this love letter to New York.

Top Ten Lines from Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979), in no particular order.

Isaac: Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Beneath his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat. I love this. New York was his town, and it always would be...


Party Guest: I finally had an orgasm, and my doctor said it was the wrong kind.
Isaac: You had the wrong kind? I've never had the wrong kind, ever. My worst one was right on the money.


Isaac: Has anybody read that Nazis are gonna march in New Jersey? Y'know, I read this in the newspaper. We should go down there, get some guys together, y'know, get some bricks and baseball bats and really explain things to them.
Party Guest: There is this devastating satirical piece on that on the Op Ed page of the Times, it is devastating.
Isaac: Well, a satirical piece in the Times is one thing, but bricks and baseball bats really gets right to the point.


Mary: Don't psychoanalyze me. I pay a doctor for that.
Isaac: Hey, you call that guy that you talk to a doctor? I mean, you don't get suspicious when your analyst calls you at home at three in the morning and weeps into the telephone?
Mary: All right, so he's unorthodox. He's a highly qualified doctor.
Isaac: He's done a great job on you, y'know. Your self esteem is like a notch below Kafka's.


Isaac: What are you telling me, that you're, you're, you're gonna leave Emily, is this true? And, and run away with the, the, the winner of the Zelda Fitzgerald emotional maturity award?


Isaac: Why is life worth living? It's a very good question. Um... Well, There are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. uh... Like what... okay... um... For me, uh... ooh... I would say... what, Groucho Marx, to name one thing... uh... um... and Wilie Mays... and um... the 2nd movement of the Jupiter Symphony... and um... Louis Armstrong, recording of Potato Head Blues... um... Swedish movies, naturally... Sentimental Education by Flaubert... uh... Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra... um... those incredible Apples and Pears by Cezanne... uh... the crabs at Sam Wo's... uh... Tracy's face...


Isaac: You're God's answer to Job. You would have ended all argument between them. He'd have said "I do a lot of terrible things but I can also make one of these. And Job would've said "OK, you win."


Isaac: They probably sit around on the floor with wine and cheese, and mispronounce allegorical and didacticism.


Yale: It's just gossip, you know. Gossip is the new pornography.


Tracy: Not everybody gets corrupted. You have to have a little faith in people.


Edward Hegstrom said...

I trot out the Zelda Fitzgerald Emotional Maturity Award line fairly often...unfortunately, most people don't get it!

willow said...

Woody Allen AND gingerbread! Two of my favorites this morning. Such a treat this dark rainy Mother's Day morning! :)

R.A.D. Stainforth said...

I’m sure you’re aware of this great line from Hannah and her Sisters:

How the hell do I know why there were Nazis? I don’t know how the can opener works!

Blog Princess G said...

Edward, I applaud your use of movie quotes!

Willow, what women of excellent taste we are.

RAD, I love that movie... but you know that already. :)

Eaglewing said...

I should watch that again. I love a good Woody Allen movie.