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22 August 2007 (USA) See more »
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Hannah is a recent college graduate interning at a Chicago production company. She is crushing on two writers at work... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Greta Gerwig ... Hannah
Kent Osborne ... Matt

Andrew Bujalski ... Paul

Ry Russo-Young ... Rocco

Mark Duplass ... Mike
Todd Rohal ... Brian Duges

Tipper Newton ... Minnie
Kris Swanberg ... Gaby (as Kris Williams)
Kevin Bewersdorf ... Guy Who Lays Down
Ivan Albertson ... Stephen
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Nathan Adloff ... Friend at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Swanberg 
 
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Joe Swanberg  and
Greta Gerwig  and
Kent Osborne  and
Andrew Bujalski  additional material and
Ry Russo-Young  additional material and
Mark Duplass  additional material and
Todd Rohal  additional material and
Kevin Bewersdorf  additional material and
Tipper Newton  additional material and
Kris Swanberg  additional material (as Kris Williams)

Produced by
Anish Savjani .... producer
Rajen Savjani .... executive producer
Joe Swanberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kevin Bewersdorf 
 
Cinematography by
Joe Swanberg 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Swanberg 
 
Production Management
Meg DiGiovanni .... post-production supervisor
 
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Kevin Bewersdorf .... sound recordist
Chris James .... sound mixer
 
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Yohance Brown .... colorist
John Eremic .... digital intermediate supervisor
 
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Frank Ross .... supplier: additional equipment
Vincent Savino .... press kit
 
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Dan Brown .... special thanks
Jay Duplass .... special thanks
Aaron Katz .... special thanks
 

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
self-indulgent art film, 3 October 2010
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Joe Swanberg's "Hannah Takes the Stairs" is a low-budget art-film done in a quasi-improvisational style. It centers around a group of self-absorbed twenty-somethings who spend most of their time sitting around discussing life and relationships as if such subjects had never been talked about before. The result is a sometimes insightful but more often tedious look into the mindset of today's younger generation.

Hannah (Greta Gerwig) is a neo-Bohemian playwright with poor instincts when it comes to men, who, upon dumping her ne'er-do-well musician boyfriend, immediately strikes up romances with two fellows at the obviously loosey-goosey TV production company where she works. The movie strives hard to be as extemporaneous as possible both in its performances and its direction, and while that does yield a few moments of truth and honesty along the way (the break-up scene is almost painfully convincing), too much of the movie is simply vapid and self-indulgent, with a trio of perfectly able-bodied young folk puling and mewling and whining about life to the point where we just don't care to listen to them anymore.

With no real plot or storyline to speak of, watching "Hannah Takes the Stairs" is a bit like staring at someone else's random doodlings for an hour-and-a-half and finding no real reason why we should care about them. And, oh yes, unless I missed it, no actual staircase appears in the movie, with or without Hannah going up or down it. I guess it must be metaphorical.

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