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Woody Allen's favourite film of his own.
Woody Allen's first film in 19 years to make a profit in America. The last was Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).
Because it was filmed in Britain, Woody Allen had to have a certain percentage of British cast and crew. Apparently he made his quota before casting Kate Winslet. After she backed out to spend more time with her family, Allen cast American Scarlett Johansson.
The haunting recording used several times in the soundtrack, including over the opening and closing credits, is the Enrico Caruso 78 rpm of "Una furtiva lagrima" ("A furtive tear"), from Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love").
According to Eric Lax's book, this movie is one of Woody Allen's favorite films which are (in order): Match Point (2005), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Stardust Memories (1980), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
The painting of a girl with a red balloon on the wall that Chris walks along was done by Banksy, a graffiti artist from Bristol.
In a nod to Hitchcock, a playbill showing Woody's face in deadpan is briefly seen as Chris arrives at the Tate museum to meet Nola.
At 124 minutes, Woody Allen's longest film to date.
Woody Allen's first film shot entirely in Britain.
The family name "Hewett" is a play on the ultra exclusive Manhattan private school "Hewitt" which Mr. Allen's daughters attend.
The film was shown out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
Originally set in the Hamptons.
On set Jonathan Rhys Meyers learned how to do a very good Woody Allen impression which he later performed on "Live With Regis and Kelly".
In joke: Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) responds to a generosity by saying, "Thank you. Thank you very much." This exact phrase is often associated with Elvis Presley, whom Meyers played in Elvis (2005).
The other song frequently played is 'Romance de Nadir', from Bizet's 'Les pêcheurs de perles', in which one of the pearl fishers dreams about his forbidden love.
The musical they see midway through the movie is Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Woman In White".


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The reference to 'Crime and Punishment' is continued, as the escape, after the double-murder is almost a step-by-step recounting of Raskolnikov's escape from his double-murder. The major difference being that the older woman was Raskolnikov's target, and the younger woman was collateral damage. In the movie, it's the other way around, but staged to look the other way.
Chris is shown reading 'Crime and Punishment', by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Later on, when talking to Mrs. Eastby's ghost, he refers to the book, by saying that sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice the innocent in order to succeed.

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