Manhattan is a romantic comedy from Woody Allen’s golden period, and deals with – surprise surprise – Allen playing a neurotic nerd having relationship issues. The film is deemed one of Allen’s very best, with even the poster becoming iconic.
Don’t bother telling that to Woody Allen though, who despised the finished movie so much he begged the studio to destroy it, and even offered to direct a replacement movie for free. He thought the movie was a total failure, and he later explained that at that stage in his career he felt he was capable of better work.
The director would later say that The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion was probably his worst movie, and in that particular case, it’s pretty hard to disagree with him.