27 april 2011 leestijd 2 minuten
Er zijn mensen die in hun hele leven de stad niet uit zijn geweest. Voor mensen in Nederland is dat moeilijk te begrijpen, maar je krijgt een idee wanneer je naar een paar afleveringen van televisieseries zoals Friends, Sex and the City of Mad Men kijkt.
Sex and the City (foto: HBO)

Manhattan (1979)

De film van acteur/regiseur Woody Allen is zijn ode aan New York, verpakt in een romantische komedie. In het de eerste minuten van de film laat hij Isaac Davis (Woody Allen) direct zijn liefde voor de stad verklaren:
Woody Allen en Diane Keaton bij de Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (foto: MGM United Artists)
"Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. Eh uh, no, make that he, he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin. Uh, no, let me start this over.

Chapter One: He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street smart guys who seemed to know all the angles. Ah, corny, too corny for, you know, my taste. Let me, let me try and make it more profound.

Chapter One: He adored New York City. To him it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. The same lack of individual integrity that caused so many people to take the easy way out was rapidly turning the town of his dreams in - no, it's gonna be too preachy, I mean, you know, let's face it, I wanna sell some books here.

Chapter One: He adored New York City. Although to him it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. How hard it was to exist in a society desensitized by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage - too angry. I don't want to be angry.

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