I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen. The Battleship Pretension Top 100 list provided just that challenge.
I am often able to separate the art from the artist, but I don’t think I was successful at this while watching Manhattan. Woody Allen stars in his film about a man in his forties dating a 17-year-old high school girl. The knowledge that not long after filming Manhattan, Allen would go on to date and marry his romantic partner’s adopted daughter, who is 35 years his junior, is too hard to ignore. Regardless of the real-life similarities, watching an adult man date and sleep with a high school student is pretty gross and was a barrier to me enjoying the film.