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Allen had, like his protagonist, recently turned 50, and the sense of personal stocktaking here is much more compelling--and much less self-indulgent--than in a lot of his other films. Surely the magisterial presence of Rowlands made a big difference. She's in excellent company, including Ian Holm as the prof's tightly wrapped husband, Sandy Dennis as the dear old actress friend who hates her guts, and John Houseman as her widower father. Like Lloyd Nolan's in Hannah and Her Sisters and Keye Luke's in Alice, Houseman's turned out to be a valedictory performance. We cherish it--along with the inspired casting of David Ogden Stiers as, in effect, the younger John Houseman. --Richard T. Jameson
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This movie refutes all modest claims on Allen's part to not being an intellectual. His background dialogue and scenes are chocked full of references to high German culture, including the poet Rainer Marie Rilke, the playwright, Bertolt Brecht, the philosopher, Martin Heidigger, and the Viennese painter, Gustav Klimt. These are certainly not gratuitous references, as the principle character Marion, played by Rowlands is the chairman of the Philosophy department at an important college in or near Manhattan who, as the film opens, is beginning on writing a book on philosophy, probably a history or analysis of a major philosopher's work rather than an original work.Read more ›
Not in any way a lighthearted romp, this is rather a soul-wrenching film which literally forced me to re-evaluate my life, as it does on each subsequent viewing (of which there have been many).
Not giving away any plot details, suffice it to say that Gena Rowlands is simply magnificent here. In a mere 80+ minutes, you will be convinced, as am I, that this is one of our greatest living actresses and a true legend (for another great Rowlands performance, do not miss Cassavettes' earlier "A Woman Under the Influence").
If you are in any way thoughtful and/or introspective about your life and what you've accomplished (or haven't accomplished), do NOT miss this. Also: be prepared to look at yourself not as you perceive yourself, but rather as OTHERS see you, which (for me anyway) was very disconcerting but also extremely enlightening.
This is one of a handful of truly great modern dramatic films which literally raised the bar for all filmmakers to come.
Marion Post (Rowland) is a philosophy professor who is taking a leave of absence to write a book and who has rented an apartment to be able to do this peacefully and without any interruptions. The apartment is next door to the office of a psychiatrist and she realizes that she can hear the sessions through the air vents. At first she covers the vents to prevent invading the patients' privacy, but later she hears the sad voice of a woman (Mia Farrow) after one of the cushions covering the vent moves from its place. From that moment on she is hooked and cannot help herself, so she continues eavesdropping into the sessions of the mysterious woman.
Marion starts identifying herself with some of the accounts of this woman and understands that she may actually be dissatisfied with her life too, mainly with her choice of husband and career. From that point forward the psychological aspects of the story become the central focus around which the action revolves. The dreams, memories and reality of Marion's life interact with each other, making us doubt at times if certain events are really happening or not. The final result is an interesting look at the psyche of the main character and her relationship with others.Read more ›
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Woody Allen demonstrates with this film why he is an astute chronicler of the human conditioner. Actors of renown work for scale just to speak his words which contain inherent... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David E.Baldwin
I love Woody Allen and it's rare that I can't get through one of his movies and rave about it later...or at least think or brood about it for a few days. But this one...meh. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Catherine
GENA ROWLANDS shines as do the supporting players inclu Mia Farrow. I've seen this film many times and it always catches me up with the great dialogue/acting. Thanks, Woody.Published 8 months ago by loyce
Mr. Allen's dramas might not me as well-known as his comedies, so perhaps a little promotion is needed. Another Woman is a timely family classic not to be missed.Published 9 months ago by Lj
it reminded me of my own life, about balance, not being judgmental, having empathy. a great moviePublished 9 months ago by Calvin Rich
50 is just a few years away for me and wow,this movie hits home!This was a great film that shows one woman's journey through life and how she copes with regret and the "what... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Trewthe
Big fan of woody Allen, but I found this one to be mostly boring. Maybe it's just dated, maybe in its day it was cutting edge. Good premise..... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Arizona1010
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