Filmmaker Creates Modern Tribute to Woody Allen's Iconic Manhattan Opening Scene

Woody Allen’s film Manhattan features an iconic opening that is considered one of the best portraits of New York City ever created.

In this video from filmmaker Dustin Lee, modern black and white footage is set underneath the movie’s opening musica and dialogue.

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!

The music in the video is George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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