Since I saw Woody Allen’s exquisite Blue Jasmine, I have churned through his movie biography. This afternoon I saw ‘Hannah and her Sisters’ which has been claimed by many as Woody Allen’s Magnum Opus. I thought it was extremely well produced and directed, a bit dated in many places and oh THAT Hollywood cliche ending, but Mia Farrow was sublime!
Some interesting movie trivia about Hannah from IMDB:
*Many of Hannah’s scenes were filmed in Mia Farrow‘s apartment. Woody Allen said that Farrow once had the eerie experience of turning on the TV, finding a chance broadcast of the movie, and seeing her own apartment on TV while she was sitting in her apartment.
*Kim Basinger accepted the role of Hannah, but dropped out to star in 9 1/2 Weeks.
* Woody Allen was originally going to have a more downbeat ending, but the studios asked him to make it more upbeat.
The scenes involving ‘In vitro fertilisation and Allen’s hypochondriac character turning to Catholicism were extremely funny (see below). I prefer Allen’s Manhattan, Blue Jasmine and Match Point, but I need to see Hannah again to be more certain. I’m yet to see Allen’s much adored Purple Rose of Cairo and Crimes and Misdemeanors.