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Another Woman

The Woody Allen Collection: Volume Two

  • Alice
  • Another Woman
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • September
  • Shadows and Fog

  • Summary
  • Although adultery often figures in the narrative of Woody Allen's strongest straight drama, it is only the least significant half of the title's effective double entendre. Gena Rowlands stars as Marion, a confident, accomplished intellectual entering her twilight years with a steady sense of self-satisfaction. Starting work on a new book, Marion rents an apartment office for peace, but when she begins to overhear the troubles of a patient (Mia Farrow) at the neighboring therapist's office, it triggers a flood of her own doubts, insecurities, and trespasses. Another Woman is a most unusual film: the quiet, thoughtful, sad story of an aging woman who has built her life on the faulty foundation of the intellect. It's not exactly the sort of script studios are eager to greenlight without some name-brand cachet behind it, and even though Allen leaves behind plenty of his trademark comic neuroses, he compensates with a healthy dose of Ingmar Bergman's somber self-discovery. It's Allen's most confident outing sans humor and features the strongest principal character without his presence as a performer. Excellent supporting turns from Gene Hackman, Ian Holm, John Houseman, and Martha Plimpton, amongst others. Presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) with audio in Dolby 2.0 mono. Trailer, keep-case.
    —Gregory P. Dorr



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