Another Woman (1988) Poster



Unlike most actors in Woody Allen's movies, Gena Rowlands was allowed to read the entire script before taking the part.
John Baxter's book "Woody Allen: A Biography" (2000) states that Woody Allen later commented that "the character [of Marion (Gena Rowlands) was] . . . of all those in his work [the one who] most resembled him intellectually".
Originally Mia Farrow was supposed to have played the part of Marion but her real-life pregnancy prevented that. Gena Rowlands took the part instead.
All of the scenes with Mary Steenburgen (who played Marion's sister-in-law) were cut from the final film. Steenburgen had previously co-starred in Woody Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) around six years earlier.
If Ben Gazzara had been cast in the role of Ken, then Gazzara would have starred in another film alongside Gena Rowlands, something that had been a trademark of their collaborations with Rowland's director-husband John Cassavetes.
Debut appearance in a Woody Allen film for actors Blythe Danner, Philip Bosco, Harris Yulin, and David Ogden Stiers. For each, this would be the first of multiple appearances in Allen movies.
According to the book "Woody Allen: A Biography" (2000) by John Baxter, "Embarking on another drama immediately after September (1987) was a calculated risk. September (1987) hadn't been released when Allen started shooting in October 1987, and Orion still had every reason to believe that the earlier film would do well. Were that to happen, Another Woman (1988) could be the film that sealed Allens new standing as a dramatic film-maker".
According to the book "Woody: Movies From Manhattan" by Julian Fox, production manager Joe Hartwick and producer Robert Greenhut "were often driven mad by Woody's perfectionism on Another Woman (1988), exemplified by a scene, already shot, which Woody decided to rewrite and shoot again on the very last day of filming". The scene in question ended up being deleted from the film.
Final credited film of actor John Houseman. Woody Allen had previously captured the final performance of Lloyd Nolan in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) in 1986, and would do so again with Keye Luke in Alice (1990) two years later.
The first of the four collaborations between Woody Allen and Ingmar Bergman's preferred cinematographer, Sven Nykvist.
Hope's name is only referred to twice during the film; the first time it is spoken by Marion, and the second time is when we see it during the closing credits.
According to Ian Holm's memoirs, the role of Ken was originally offered to George C. Scott who turned it down after refusing to read the script. Ben Gazzara was also considered before Holm was offered the part.
The movie was filmed during October, November and December 1987.
The film partially utilized story elements from Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957) [Wild Strawberries].
Around the time the movie was made and released, lead actors Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were in a personal relationship, which had started around 1980.
The eighteenth feature film directed by Woody Allen.
Reportedly, writer-director Woody Allen changed his mind several times about the movie's opening shot.
Apparently, actor Fred Melamed is the most frequently cast actor in Woody Allen's movies. This film was his second appearance in an Allen picture.
During the last third of the film's period of principal photography, in December 1987, actress Mia Farrow gave birth to Satchel, her son with Woody Allen. Farrow had a month off from working on the movie but then returned to complete her scenes. To accommodate the baby bump she had had, Farrow shot her remaining scenes with a padded stomach attachment.
Second of two back-to-back consecutive non-comic serious dramatic films written and directed by Woody Allen of which Allen appeared in neither. The first had been September (1987).
Mia Farrow replaced Jane Alexander who had replaced Dianne Wiest. Actress Dianne Wiest was originally going to play the character of Hope but withdrew from the part due to illness. Wiest has five cinema movie collaborations with Woody Allen. In two of them, Wiest won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. Wiest appeared in both of Allen's then previous year's movies both debuting in 1987, September (1987) and Radio Days (1987). In the end, Mia Farrow was cast in the role after Jane Alexander's characterization didn't work out.
Actress Mia Farrow, who portrays Hope, was pregnant whilst this movie was being filmed.
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The eighth of thirteen cinema movie collaborations of actress Mia Farrow and actor-writer-director Woody Allen.
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Julian Fox in his book "Woody: Movies From Manhattan" (1996) states: "After its [Another Woman (1988)'s] disappointing reception [Woody Allen] suggested that he should have made two movies one a money making comedy with himself and Mia or Diane Keaton as the protagonists, and another film, more serious, which would not do so well. But 'I wasn't good enough...to have it rise to the level I wanted'."
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Actress Mia Farrow appeared to be playing the same character as she did in both hers and Woody Allen's previous picture September (1987).
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The movie's story features psychiatrist-patient therapy sessions whose conversations are overheard. Allen in real life was known to have been in therapy for several years.

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