Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) – Woody Allen

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.

*Four of Mia Farrow‘s real-life children appear in the film. Two play Hannah’s son and daughter; two others, including Soon-Yi Previn, appear as young guests in the Thanksgiving scenes.

*Kim Basinger accepted the role of Hannah, but dropped out to star in 9 1/2 Weeks.

*With a box office gross of over $40 million, this was Woody Allen‘s most financially successful film until Match Point (2005) in 2005.

* 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.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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2 comments on “Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) – Woody Allen
  1. badfinger20 says:

    Mia Farrow seeing her own apartment while watching it is a great tidbit.
    It sounds like a good movie. The thought of Allen turning to Catholicism is enough in itself to watch.


    • I wrote that very inconsequential review in 2014. I forget a lot of the movie, but I remember liking it. Perhaps I should revisit it after I have seen your other Woody recommendations. Cheers Bad.

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