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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) Poster

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This was the first Woody Allen film to use for credit sequences the display font typeface of "Windsor Light Condensed" which would be regularly used on all of Allen's films from this picture onwards.
Woody Allen once famously said the following quotes about sex: (1) "It's the most fun I've ever had without laughing" (2) "Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand" and (3) "I'm a practicing heterosexual, although bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night". Moreover, Allen once said that he included in this movie "every funny idea I've ever had about sex, including several that led to my own divorce".
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One of a number of collaborations of Woody Allen and Louise Lasser. The pair had been married but were divorced in early 1970.
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According to the book "Woody Allen" by John Baxter, Gene Wilder once said of the making of this movie: "It was like walking on a Bergman set: people talking in whispers, serious looks on Woody's face. He communicates through silence".
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The Victor Shakapopulis character played by Woody Allen in this movie has the same name as Allen's character in the earlier comedy What's New Pussycat (1965).
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Woody Allen saw Dr. David Reuben promoting his book on which this film is based on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). When asked by Johnny Carson "Is sex dirty?", Reuben replied, "It is if you're doing it right" which is a line from Allen's Take the Money and Run (1969). Allen was offended by Dr. Reuben using his joke and by his book so he made this film as a form of revenge against him. Dr. Reuben did not like the film.
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A segment that was filmed but eventually cut out of the film was "What Makes a Man a Homosexual?" The sequence had Woody Allen as a common spider and Louise Lasser playing a black widow. After a mating dance on the black widow's web, the spiders make love and the black widow eats the common spider. Allen cut the sequence as he was unable to find a suitable ending for it. Apparently, some production stills from it have been used for promotional materials for the film even DVD covers.
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A segment, an Old Testament spoof about a famous masturbating man in Biblical times, a parody of Chapter 38 of Genesis from the Bible, was scripted but not filmed.
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Woody Allen's favorite segment in this movie is "Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching an Orgasm?".
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The "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask" title, which is, at its full length, with thirteen words, is the longest ever title for a Woody Allen feature film. It's still the longest too when one counts its shorter eight word version "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex". Allen's second longest feature film title is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010).
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The number of vignettes in the film was seven. The titles of the seven sections are each derived from chapter titles from David Reuben's source book. Moreover, all the film's segment titles and all the book's chapter titles, are all formed as questions.
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The fourth feature film directed by Woody Allen.
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The film was made and released about three years after its source book of the same name by Dr. David Reuben had been first published in 1969.
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The only ever official filmed adaptation of another person's previously written work by Woody Allen though a number of Allen's films have been inspired and influence by various films and novels. However, though little is taken from Dr. David Reuben's source book 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)', the picture hardly counts as an adaptation.
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Dr. David Reuben, the author of the source book 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)', did not like the film, and in an interview with the L.A. Herald-Examiner, said: "I didn't enjoy the movie because it impressed me as a sexual tragedy. Every episode in the picture was a chronicle of sexual failure, which was the converse of everything in the book".
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The Dr. Doug Ross character played by Gene Wilder has the same name as the character in ER (1994) played by George Clooney.
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Ranked at the No. #89 spot, Woody Allen was selected as one of the top "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" by Empire Magazine in their 1995 poll.
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First of two anthology / omnibus / segment / portmanteau films made by Woody Allen. The second, New York Stories (1989), would be Allen's second compilation film after this movie, a gap of around seventeen years. In the latter though, Allen only wrote and directed one vignette, whereas in this film, Allen worked on all of its segments.
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Actor Elliott Gould and producer Jack Brodsky were the first people to option David Reuben's book, but opted to sell it to United Artists once they determined that the text was too hard to film. The TCMDb suggests that the reason was due to when "Gould and Brodsky dissolved their partnership".
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Laurence Olivier was the second choice to play Dr. Doug Ross. The part was played by Gene Wilder.
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Woody Allen interviewed Lon Chaney Jr. for a role in this film. This was possibly for the mad scientist role that went to John Carradine.
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Woody Allen played four roles in this movie. They were: A Sperm, Fabrizio, The Fool and Victor Shakapopulis.
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Showbusiness trade paper Variety said of this film that it "borrows only the title [from Dr. David Reuben's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask) book] and some . . . questions [the segment titles]".
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The third segment, Why Do Some Women Have Difficulty Reaching Orgasm?, was a homage and pastiche of Italian Cinema, such as the films of Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, as well as the Mario Monicelli film Casanova 70 (1965), as well as Antonioni's Red Desert (1964). Allen would later make Stardust Memories (1980), which was inspired by Fellini's (1963), and much later after that, To Rome with Love (2012).
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The first Woody Allen film which had a considerable budget.
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The roles of Fabrizio and Gina, for the segment "Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching an Orgasm?", were offered to Richard Benjamin with Paula Prentiss and John Cassavetes with Raquel Welch. In the end, the parts were played by Woody Allen and former wife Louise Lasser.
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First of two Woody Allen movies to feature the word "Sex" in the title. The second would be A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) about a decade later.
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Howard Cosell was offered the role of Dr. Bernardo but turned it down. Cosell has appeared in Woody Allen['s _Bananas (1971) and Broadway Danny Rose (1984).
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Woody Allen originally began work on the screenplay with Marshall Brickman.
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The name of the television show was "What's My Perversion?".
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