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Short Film Gives Toronto the Woody Allen Treatment

Allen's iconic Manhattan intro reimagined as an ode to this city.

In Layla Shioguchi’s short film, the star of the opening sequence of Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979)—New York itself—has been recast, and Toronto appears in the lead role. The work of a group of grade 12 students, it will be screened at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute’s upcoming United Artists for a Cause event.

The piece has still got Gershwin’s moody, expansive, exultant “Rhapsody in Blue.” But instead of the Manhattan skyline, this short boasts the CN Tower; and instead of a Woody Allen voice-over explaining how hard it is “to exist in a society desensitized by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage…,” it features voice actor Robbie Dale musing about a society indifferent to “drugs, cold weather, media, bad mayors, garbage.”

And here, for the sake of comparison (and for the sake of just getting to watch it again), is the Woody Allen original:

UPDATE: January 27, 2014, 5:00 PM We heard from the director of this short film after the post was first published; a few more details about the video have been added.


  • WarOnMugs

    Nice little film. Too bad about the narration. It’s awkward, and the mix just stomps all over Gershwin (which I would rather listen to any day).