Our video series continues with our look at September, a notorious film in Allen’s catalogue. It is by far his smallest, and his lowest earning. He also remade the film immediately after he shot it with a new cast. The film polarised his audience in 1987 when it was released, but as the decades wore on, this serious drama which Allen doesn’t appear doesn’t seem so strange.
Here’s 10 things about September, including:
1. The fight against colourisation that Allen fought the same year
2. The influence of Anton Chekhov
3. The influence of Lana Turner
4. The studio setting
5. The studio trickery
6. The first, aborted, version
7. The second, finished, version
8. The third, released, version
9. The brilliant Elaine Stritch
10. The brilliant Bernie Leighton
A lot of this came from our research in putting together our book The Woody Allen Watcher’s Guide, which features much more trivia about this film and many of Allen’s others.
Check out all the videos we’ve made so far.