Writer/director Woody Allen delivers a powerful, “searing adult drama” (Leonard Maltin) examining the life of an accomplished philosophy professor teetering on the brink of self-understanding. Boasting a superb cast led by Gena Rowlands, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm and Gene Hackman, Another Woman is Allen’s 17th triumphant film. Stylistically rich and technically expert, the film layers past and present, dialogue and narration, reality and metaphor, to achieve a “lucidity and compassion of an order virtually unknown in American movies” (Time). Intelligent, accomplished and happily married, Marion (Rowlands) considers her life fulfilling until a chance encounter with a troubled stranger (Farrow) offers her a brief but piercing glimpse at her inner emptiness. Drifting in a loveless marriage and denying her feelings for another man (Hackman), Marion is shocked when she accidentally learns of her husband’s (Holm) infidelity. Taking this as a sign to change her life, Marionconfronts the true depth of her own emotional hunger and the frightening intensity of a passion shehas ignored for too long. –amazon
Actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright Woody Allen redefined film comedy during the 1970s, bringing a new measure of sophistication and personal complexity to the form. Born Allen Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, NY, on December 1, 1935, he adopted his stage name at the age of 17, and in 1953 enrolled in NYU’s film program, and soon dropping out of school to begin writing for comedian David Alber. Two years later, Allen graduated to writing for television; during his five-year in television, his efforts won him an Emmy nomination. He eventually decided to try his hand as a stand-up performer. After slowly gaining a reputation on the New York-club circuit, he became a frequent talk show guest and in 1964 issued his self-titled debut comedy LP. With 1966’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, a puckish re-tooling of a Japanese spy thriller complete with his own story line and dubbed English dialogue, he made his directorial debut. In 1969 Allen directed two short films for a CBS television special… read more
Allen’s dramatic riff on Wild Strawberries - indeed a clear take-off, insomuch Sven Nykvist was hired as DP - similarly works in making rather broad, scattered observations about life, which can be either to the benefit or detriment of its lasting thematic imprint; when its themes are presented more sharply, it’s conversely lacking in subtlety. But it’s still quite solid, straight a piece as is, further holding elevated moments of elegance and lucid drama when it does manage to hone its focus.
One of Allen's more underrated pictures in my estimation. Woody attempts to unwind a tangled knot of relationships centering upon the conflicted female protagonist played by Rowlands. The script is awkward at times, but on the whole there's enough to keep you thinking throughout.