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(1988)

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Originally, Mia Farrow was supposed to have played the part of Marion, but her pregnancy with her son Ronan Farrow prevented her from doing so.
Woody Allen is not known for complimenting his actors or actresses, saying that the fact that he casts them is proof that he considers them great. However, he has said that the scenes between Gena Rowlands and Gene Hackman, particularly in the flashback of the party, were "electrifying".
Unlike most actors and actresses 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."
The film partially utilized story elements from Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957).
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 filmmaker."
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.
Mia Farrow appeared to be playing the same character as she did in September (1987).
Mia Farrow replaced Jane Alexander, who had replaced Dianne Wiest. 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 Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award. Wiest appeared in both of Allen's then previous year's movies, 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.
The first of the four collaborations between Woody Allen and Ingmar Bergman's preferred Cinematographer, Sven Nykvist.
During the last third of the film's period of principal photography, in December 1987, 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.
According to Sir 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.
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All of the scenes with Mary Steenburgen (who played Marion's sister-in-law) were cut from the final film. Steenburgen appeared in Woody Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982).
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This was John Houseman's final film before his death on October 31, 1988, at the age of eighty-six.
Reportedly, Woody Allen changed his mind several times about the movie's opening shot.
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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This was the second of two consecutive dramatic films written and directed by Woody Allen, in which he did not appear. The first was September (1987).
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The eighth of thirteen cinema movie collaborations of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen.
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This movie was filmed during October, November, and December 1987.
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Around the time the movie was made and released, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were in a personal relationship, which had started around 1980.
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Debut appearance in a Woody Allen film for actress and actors Blythe Danner, Philip Bosco, and David Ogden Stiers. For each, this would be the first of multiple appearances in Allen movies.
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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.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Gene Hackman, John Houseman, and Sandy Dennis; and three Oscar nominees: Gena Rowlands, Bruce Jay Friedman, and Sir Ian Holm.
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The eighteenth feature film directed by Woody Allen.
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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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Farrow was pregnant with an illegitimate child fathered by Frank Sinatra, to whom she had once been married.
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Woody Allen and Gene Hackman worked together again in Antz (1998).
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Sir Ian Holm, Frances Conroy, and Kenneth Welsh appeared in The Aviator (2004).
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