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(1978)

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First dramatic film of Woody Allen. Allen was known for comedy, and wanted to break the mold by having no humor at all in this movie. At one point, the family is gathered around the table laughing at a joke which Arthur has just told, but we never hear the joke.
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The role of Eve was written with Ingrid Bergman in mind. Allen offered her the role, but she regretfully declined, as she was already committed to shoot Autumn Sonata (1978) in Norway with Ingmar Bergman. The part went to Geraldine Page instead. She and Bergman were nominated for those films for Academy Awards and Golden Globes, but lost to Jane Fonda for Coming Home (1978).
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This was the first film directed by Woody Allen in which he did not also appear.
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This movie was inspired by, and was modelled on, the films of Ingmar Bergman, particularly Cries & Whispers (1972).
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Diane Keaton suggested the film's title to Woody Allen.
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Featuring three sisters as central characters, this film was inspired by the work of playwright Anton Chekhov.
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This is the first of four film collaborations between Woody Allen and Sam Waterston, the others being Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), September (1987), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).
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Final film as a Costume Designer for Joel Schumacher.
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The picture has no music score except for brief excerpts of background music.
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According to Eric Lax's book "Woody Allen: A Biography" (1991), Woody Allen once said of this film: "Take the last speech in the Russian Uncle Vanya (by Anton Chekhov). It's extremely poetical, and nobody talks like that, really. Yet, that's how I was trying to write in those dramas. After I saw it, with Diane Keaton, it became a very important film in my life. But even among all the people I know in the film business, the directors and actors and New Yorkers, nobody saw it."
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Around the time of the movie's release, Woody Allen said, "I always wanted to see if I had any flair for serious drama. Finally, I had the nerve to try."
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After the success of Annie Hall (1977), Woody Allen's previous movie, United Artists executives told Allen's producers, Charles H. Joffe and Jack Rollins, to give Allen a message. That was: "From now on, make whatever you want."
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Editor Ralph Rosenblum is quoted as saying of this movie in Eric Lax's book "Woody Allen: A Biography" (1991): "Even before he made a movie, he had that Bergmanesque streak. He was going to make funny movies and pull the rug at the very end. I wasn't shocked by the original end of Take the Money and Run (1969) (where Virgil is machine-gunned), but I thought it was stupid. But that's something he has carried through all his movies, and he will finish his life making serious movies. He says that comedy writers sit at the children's table, and he's absolutely right about that. He wants to be remembered as a serious writer, a serious filmmaker. He managed to rescue Interiors, much to his credit. He was against the wall. I think he was afraid. He was testy, he was slightly short-tempered. He was fearful. He thought he had a real bomb. But he managed to pull it out with his own work. The day the reviews came out, he said to me, 'Well, we pulled this one out by the short hairs, didn't we?'"
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Film debut of Mary Beth Hurt.
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One of eight cinema movie collaborations of Woody Allen and Diane Keaton.
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While watching the movie with a friend, of this film, Woody Allen once said words to the effect of: "It's always been my fear. I think I'm writing Long Day's Journey into Night, and it turns into Edge of Night."
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The film was an inspiration for Manchester Orchestra's song "Alice and Interiors". It was included on their album "I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child". Also, The Death Cab for Cutie song "Death of an Interior Decorator" was based on the storyline of this film.
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The movie was inspired by, and modelled on, the works of Anton Chekhov.
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This was Woody Allen's last color film until A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982). Manhattan (1979) and Stardust Memories (1980) were in black and white.
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Reportedly, Woody Allen was reluctant to discuss the movie's story during production.
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This was the first film that Woody Allen directed after his Best Picture Academy Award winning film Annie Hall (1977) which won four Oscars including Best Director and Original Screenplay (both for Allen) and Best Actress for Diane Keaton.
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The film was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Actress (Geraldine Page), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Maureen Stapleton), Best Art Direction, and for Woody Allen, both Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, but it failed to win any Oscars .
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This is the only Woody Allen directed film where Allen does not co-star and Diane Keaton has a major role. In Radio Days (1987), which Allen narrated, Keaton has a minor part.
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The Woody Allen film September (1987) has been likened to this movie.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Diane Keaton, Geraldine Page, and Maureen Stapleton; and one Oscar nominee: Sam Waterston.
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The film featured credits in plain typeface with white fonts on black background, something which is a trademark of Woody Allen's films.
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Diane Keaton played another character named Renata, Renata Baldwin Wallinger, in Woody Allen's television short film Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971).
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Diane Keaton and Maureen Stapleton appeared in Reds (1981).
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The eighth feature film directed by Woody Allen.
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The only film that year to be Oscar nominated for Best Director, but not Best Picture.
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