Café Society (2016) Poster



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Steve Carell replaced Bruce Willis after filming started. Woody Allen fired Willis after he and the cast tired of his behavior and inability to remember his lines.
This is the first film since Twilight (2008) that Kristen Stewart had to audition for to win the role.
This is Woody Allen's first film since Love and Death (1975) made without co-executive producer Jack Rollins, who died in 2015 at the age of 100. Rollins was Allen's longtime manager, and they collaborated for over 45 years.
Woody Allen was unaware of Kristen Stewart's immense exposure due to her involvement in the Twilight (2008) franchise. He cast her primarily because he admired her performance in Adventureland (2009).
"Cafe Society" was a phrase coined by Maury Henry Biddle Paul in 1915 to describe the "beautiful people" who socialized and threw parties in the high profile cafés and restaurants in New York, Paris, and London.
This is the first time that Woody Allen has narrated a film without appearing on screen since Radio Days (1987).
This is Woody Allen's first digitally captured movie, using a Sony Cinealta F65.
Woody Allen said that he wanted the movie's structure to be like a novel.
This is Woody Allen's third film to open Cannes, following Hollywood Ending (2002) and Midnight in Paris (2011).
At the Cannes 2016 Opening Night screening of this film, master of ceremonies Laurent Lafitte said, "It's very nice that you've been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the U.S." The joke, which drew gasps from the Palais audience, was taken as a knock on Woody Allen. (Variety, May 2016). It could also be a reference to Roman Polanski, who fled the US for Europe in 1977 after pleading guilty to statutory rape. Switzerland and Poland have refused to extradite Polanski.
This is Woody Allen's first film shot in 2:00:1 aspect ratio, which is commonly used by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.
Third movie together for Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, after Adventureland (2009) and American Ultra (2015)
First collaboration between Woody Allen and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.
This is Woody Allen's first film since Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) not to be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
There is a scene where Jesse Eisenberg's character goes sightseeing to the Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Kristen Stewart actually has her hands and feet imprinted there.
Judy Davis was originally announced but does not appear in the film.
After To Rome with Love (2012), this is Woody Allen and Jesse Eisenberg's second collaboration.
In the series "The Office" Michael Scott played by Steve Carell introduces himself once as Michael Scarn.
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Jessee Eisenberg plays Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman:Dawn of Justice. Parker Posey played Kitty Kowalsky, Lex Luthor's assistant in Superman Returns.
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The second movie starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in which Stewart's character has an affair with an older man. The first was Adventureland (2009).
When Ben's history of theft is shown, it includes a subtle homage to The 400 Blows (1959) when it says that his life of crime includes stealing typewriters when he was a schoolboy. The protagonist of that film, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), stole a typewriter when he was at school.
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