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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) Poster

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According to the book "Woody Allen" by John Baxter, Gene Wilder once said of the making of this movie: "It was like walking on a Bergman set: people talking in whispers, serious looks on Woody's face. He communicates through silence."
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Dr. David Reuben, the author of the source book "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)", did not like the film, and in an interview with the L.A. Herald-Examiner, said: "I didn't enjoy the movie, because it impressed me as a sexual tragedy. Every episode in the picture was a chronicle of sexual failure, which was the converse of everything in the book."
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Woody Allen once famously said the following quotes about sex: (1) "It's the most fun I've ever had without laughing" (2) "Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand" and (3) "I'm a practicing heterosexual, although bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night". When his character in "Love and Death" is told "Sex without love is an empty experience," he responds, "Yes, but as empty experiences go, it's one of the best." Also, Allen once said that he included in this movie "every funny idea I've ever had about sex, including several that led to my own divorce."
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The third segment, "Why Do Some Women Have Difficulty Reaching Orgasm?", was an homage and pastiche of Italian Cinema, such as the films of Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, as well as the Mario Monicelli film Casanova 70 (1965), as well as Antonioni's Red Desert (1964). Allen made Stardust Memories (1980), which was inspired by Fellini's (1963), and To Rome with Love (2012).
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Woody Allen saw Dr. David Reuben promoting his book, on which this film is based, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). When asked by Johnny Carson "Is sex dirty?", Reuben replied, "It is if you're doing it right" which is a line from Allen's Take the Money and Run (1969). Allen was offended by Dr. Reuben using his joke, so he made this film as a form of revenge against him. Dr. Reuben did not like the film.
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A segment that was filmed, but eventually cut out of the film was "What Makes a Man a Homosexual?" The sequence had Woody Allen as a common spider, and Louise Lasser playing a black widow. After a mating dance on the black widow's web, the spiders make love and the black widow eats the common spider. Allen cut the sequence as he was unable to find a suitable ending for it. Apparently, some production stills from it have been used for promotional materials for the film, even DVD covers.
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One of several collaborations of Woody Allen and Louise Lasser. The pair had been married, but were divorced in early 1970.
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The only ever official filmed adaptation of another person's previously written work by Woody Allen, though several of Allen's films have been inspired and influence by various films and novels. However, though little is taken from Dr. David Reuben's source book "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)", the movie hardly counts as an adaptation.
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This was the first Woody Allen film to use for credit sequences the display font typeface of "Windsor Light Condensed" which would be regularly used on all of Allen's films from this movie onwards.
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The first Woody Allen film which had a considerable budget.
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Woody Allen's favorite segment in this movie is "Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching an Orgasm?"
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Victor Shakapopulis (Woody Allen) has the same name as Allen's character in What's New Pussycat (1965).
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A segment, an Old Testament spoof about a famous masturbating man in Biblical times, a parody of Chapter 38 of Genesis from the Bible, was scripted, but not filmed.
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Woody Allen interviewed Lon Chaney Jr. for a role in this film. This was possibly for the mad scientist role that went to John Carradine.
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Dr. Doug Ross (Gene Wilder) has the same name as the character in ER (1994) played by George Clooney.
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Elliott Gould and Producer Jack Brodsky were the first people to option David Reuben's book, but opted to sell it to United Artists once they determined that the text was too hard to film. The TCMDb suggests that the reason was due to when "Gould and Brodsky dissolved their partnership".
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First of two anthology, omnibus, segment, portmanteau films made by Woody Allen. The other being New York Stories (1989). In the latter though, Allen only wrote and directed one vignette, whereas in this film, Allen worked on all of its segments.
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After buying the film rights from Paramount Pictures, Woody Allen never read the original book by Dr. David Reuben. He rather only glanced on the chapter headings and created the idea of the seven segments for the movie. At the end, four segments have almost the same names as the questions in the book (Why Do Some Women Trouble Reaching an Orgasm?, Are transvestites homosexuals?, What are Sex Perverts?, What happens during ejaculation?) while others are either changed (Do Aprodisiacs Work? was featured in the fifth chapter "Aphrodisiacs", and was spread over several questions, including "Isn't there anything that works?", or weren't included in the book at all (like Sodomy or Findings of Doctors and Clinics on Sexual Research and Experiments).
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According to Burt Reynolds, Woody Allen never spoke to him on set.
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Sir Laurence Olivier was the second choice to play Dr. Doug Ross.
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The roles of Fabrizio and Gina, for the segment "Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching an Orgasm?", were offered to Richard Benjamin with Paula Prentiss and John Cassavetes with Raquel Welch. In the end, the parts were played by Woody Allen and former wife Louise Lasser.
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The number of vignettes in the film was seven. The titles of the seven sections are each derived from chapter titles from David Reuben's source book. Also, all of the film's segment titles, and all of the book's chapter titles, are all formed as questions.
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The title, which is, at its full length, with thirteen words, is the longest for a Woody Allen feature film. Allen's second longest feature film title is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010).
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The red sports car featured in the Italian segment "Why Do Some Women Have Difficulty Reaching Orgasm?" is a Lamborghini Miura, registration plate Roma -3 2809.
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The film was originally banned by the Irish Film Censor in 1972, but a censored version was passed in 1979 and theatrically released in 1980.
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The film was released three years after its source book was published.
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"Variety" said of this film that it "borrows only the title (from Dr. David Reuben's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask) book) and some questions (the segment titles)".
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Woody Allen played four roles in this movie. They were: A Sperm, Fabrizio, The Fool, and Victor Shakapopulis.
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Woody Allen is the only actor to appear in more than one segment.
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First of two Woody Allen movies to feature the word "Sex" in the title. The second being A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982).
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John Carradine's granddaughter Martha Plimpton played Laura in Woody Allen's Another Woman (1988).
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Erin Fleming's last movie.
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A trailer for this film, alternated between pictures of Woody Allen and the cover of Dr. David Reuben's book, with the voice-over "How did this man make a movie out of this book? How did this man make a movie out of this book? How did this man make a movie out of this book? If you want to know how this man made a movie out of this book, you'll have to see the movie."
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Cinematographer David M. Walsh initially didn't want the job after viewing the drab colors and murky lighting of Woody Allen's previous films.
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The giant breast was manned, with a person inside moving it around, being transmitted instructions.
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The Italian inspired sequence was originally going to be about peasants in Italy, like Bicycle Thieves (1948). It was Louise Lasser that convinced Woody Allen to make it about modern, rich Italians
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The fourth feature film directed by Woody Allen.
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Howard Cosell was offered the role of Dr. Bernardo but turned it down, believing it would hamper his career. Cosell has appeared in Woody Allen's Bananas (1971) and Broadway Danny Rose (1984).
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Ranked at the number eighty-nine spot, Woody Allen was selected as one of the top "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" by Empire Magazine in their 1995 poll.
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Woody Allen originally began work on the screenplay with Marshall Brickman.
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Stavros Milos, the Armenian sheepherder, who brings the Daisy to Dr. Ross shares his name with the Fargo series character Stavros Milos, the "Supermarket King of Minnesota".
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The name of the television show was "What's My Perversion?"
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Woody Allen tinkered with the film right up to its final release, switching the order of the segments.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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