“Paris-Manhattan” a Woody Allen Fan Film
By Skip Sheffield
Woody Allen is not universally admired. In fact some despise the whining, neurotic
Brooklyn comedian who
found his voice in movies that express his sad-sack outlook on life.
If you don’t like Woody Allen you will not like “Paris- Manhattan.” If you do, you may find this debut film by writer-director Sophie Lellouche a fluffy, slight delight.
Woody is the muse to Alice Ovitz (Alice Togliani), the lovely daughter of a
One such candidate is handsome Pierre (Louis-Do de Lenaquesaing), who takes an interest in
at a party. However, Alice’s more aggressive
since Helene (Marie Delterre) muscles in on the conversation and snatches Pierre away before Alice’s
Vincent (Yannick Soulier) is dashing, sophisticated and handsome. Victor (Patrick Bruel) is a lowly burglar alarm salesman who is rather plain, older than
Alice, and has never even
seen a Woody Allen film.
“Paris-Manhattan” has a plot patterned after “Play It Again, Sam.” Instead of Humphrey Bogart giving advice to hapless Woody Allen, Allen himself gives advice to frustrated
The film is an unabashed fan letter to Woody Allen and to Paris. It culminates with an appearance by
the man himself. It is not a great or profound film, but if you are a fan of
Allen and beautiful women, you may find it delightful.