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Woody Allen pays a clever homage to Federico Fellini's La Strada (1954). The characters of Emmet (Penn) and Hattie (Morton) correspond to Zampano (Quinn) and Gelsomina (Masina) including the final scene with Emmet's/Zampano's breakdown and repentance.
The guitar that Emmet Ray (Sean Penn) plays in the movie is a Selmer Maccaferri of about 1932, though it seems likely that it's a reproduction of the rare instrument and not an original. This is the same kind of guitar played and made famous by Django Reinhardt.
Samantha Morton received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in spite of the fact that she has no spoken lines.
This is one of only three Woody Allen films to receive Oscar nominations - Best Actor for Sean Penn and Best Supporting Actress for Samantha Morton - without Allen himself being nominated. The other two are Zelig (1983) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).
"Sweet and Low-Down", by George Gershwin, is a song on the soundtrack of Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979).
After What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966), this is the second Woody Allen film in which he plays himself.
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Woody Allen had planned an initial version of this movie (originally titled "The Jazz Baby") as his first film for United Artists. When UA insisted upon a comedy, Allen shelved the idea for nearly three decades.
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Rosie O'Donnell was offered the role of Hattie. She turned it down due to her disdain for Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi Previn.
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In the scene where Emmet Ray sees Django Reinhardt for the first time at the gas station and faints, right behind the trees is the Nyack High School football team. They were asked to be quiet during the filming of the scene and had a stop their practice a number of times.
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The scene towards the end of the film in which Emmet Ray is drunk in a New York bar was filmed in "Chumleys," a bar on Bedford Street in Greenwich Village.
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This was the first Woody Allen since Annie Hall (1977) to be edited by someone other than Susan E. Morse. It was also the first of his films to be edited by Alisa Lepselter, who has gone on to edit all of his subsequent films.
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Woody Allen: [writer] Blanche is a novelist.
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