Cinematography by Sven Nykvist. This is the film where and when Allen breath to uncertainty, made of time lapses, inventions and re-capitulations, and reworked and reconstructed filmic quotations. A brilliant piece of calculated cinema, that like a Satie gymnopédie, it's ineffably constructed and tense. With the oh-so-remarkables Gena Rowlands and Sandy Dennis.
Woody Allen's ode to Ingmar Bergman. It shows the multi faceted life of an academic (Wild Strawberries), the relation between two strangers (Persona) and a loveless marriage (Scenes From a Marriage). Approiately photographed by Bergman's D.P Sven Nykvist
Gena Rowlands, best known for giving outstanding outward performances in John Cassavetes films, gives a heartbreaking, understated performance in Another Woman. This is some of her best, and most under-appreciated, work. This film also features a short but memorable performance from the great Sandy Dennis in one of her last screen appearances.
So bland. I couldn't care less for any of these privileged people or their problems and even Gena Rowlands, who I usually find so magnetic, was doing nothing for me in this film, as she felt sedated (but not in a good way) under Allen's direction.
It's a good drama with great performances. Allen's homage to Bergman is successful, obviously, it's not completely Bergman, but Allen adds a lot of his own quirks. Although, I did have a bit of trouble connecting to the characters. Their milieu is not mine, and the characters feel superficial. Bergman's character can be distant, but never because he alienated the audience accidentally.
The purest of bullshit, easily Allen's worst, most pompous and pretentious film. Whining over-intellectual characters who've never done a day's work in their lives get all philosophical over the messes they've made of their lives, and it is just unwatchable. The worst of Allen's Faux Bergman Brown Period SERIOUS films, and that's really saying something.
White people, going through white-people things. Living their white-people lives, in a white-people world. But golly, I enjoyed every minute of it. "For here there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life." If I'm honest though, all this really does is make me want to watch some Ingmar Bergman. Which is exactly what Woody would want. Touché, Woody, touché.