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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT270-BR

ANOTHER WOMAN (1988) (SPECIAL PROMOTION) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Ian Holm, Mia Farrow, Gena Rowlands, Martha Plimpton, Gene Hackman, Blythe Danner, Betty Buckley
Directed By:  Woody Allen
Composed By:  Various

“One of [Allen’s] shortest, least funny, and very best films…Quiet, insinuating, and hypnotic.”
– Tim Robey, The Telegraph

“The film shows a refinement and development of recurrent Allen themes, particularly in the characterisation of what is arguably his most complex female character to date…Where the film gains considerable momentum and richness is in the marvelous performances: Rowlands’ perfectly pitched approach to a demanding role is particularly stunning.”
– Time Out London

Woody Allen’s sensitive drama, Another Woman (1988), focuses on a college professor, Marion (the sublime Gena Rowlands), approaching fifty and beginning to question the long-held assumptions of her life. Hoping to finish a book, she rents a room which turns out to sit next to a psychiatrist’s office; the confessions Marion overhears soon become more fascinating than her work, and drive her to further thoughts, dreams, and reflections about her own existence. The formidable supporting cast includes Gene Hackman, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm, Blythe Danner, Martha Plimpton, John Houseman, Betty Buckley, and Sandy Dennis.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1988 / Color
81 MINUTES
RATED PG

Special Features: Isolated Music Track / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on August 28, 2017 3:10 AM
While a fan of Woody Allen I never found him to be the cinematic genius that some did. He made good solid movies and some tremendous comedies in his career. But to rank him among the best directors always seemed like a stretch for me.

In the eighties following several hit comedies Allen turned away from the genre and began making more dramatic films. Influenced by Ingmar Bergman some took on a dark tone and almost all followed the lives of women in the lead. Critically acclaimed for the most part the films died at the box office. And yet year after year studios still supported his films.

ANOTHER WOMAN is one of the films from that time period. Gena Rowlands stars as Marion, the Dean of Philosophy at a woman’s college on sabbatical as she writes a new book on the subject. To do so and avoid disruptions she takes an apartment that is next door to a psychiatrist’s office. She discovers this when she finds she can hear his patients through the ventilation system. Putting pillows against the vent she shuts them out until one slips and she wakes from a nap to hear a woman talking about the problems she’s having with her husband.

The more she listens the more Marion begins to question the respectable life she now leads and the relationship she has with her own husband, Ken (Ian Holm). Compared to their friends their lives seem unadventurous and boring. An attempt to reignite their flame is rebuffed by Ken. This makes Marion recall their lives just before marriage, when the two of them were having an affair behind the back of Ken’s first wife Kathy (Betty Buckley) and when his best friend Larry (Gene Hackman) encouraged Marion to leave Ken and run away with him.

With each passing day Marion becomes more infatuated with the stories the psychiatrists patient (Mia Farrow) tells him. She also finds that her relationships are not what she thought they were. Her closest one is with Ken’s daughter Laura (Martha Plimpton). One she had but forgot was an old friend who became an actress (Sandy Dennis) who she finds out resented her all along. As she begins to look at her life Marion begins to wonder who she is, what her life is really all about and just how she has affected those around her.

The film might sound like a boring melodrama but it isn’t. The combination of solid performances by everyone involved as well as the well-paced and written script makes it an interesting story and one that might inspire everyone to give their own life a look. Do we see ourselves through the eyes of others or are we blind to the possibility we aren’t what we think we are?

There are no big laughs in this film but no points of sadness that are inescapable either. Instead we get a glimpse into the life of this woman and what goes on in her life. In true Allen fashion I must say that his choice for characters always seems to run the same, socialites living in high fashion going to cocktail parties and drinking wine. It would be interesting to see what he could do choosing a different motif like a redneck bar.

Twilight Time brings this movie back to life after being abandoned by the original studio, another of their blu-ray releases of movies forgotten or considered unprofitable by their home base. Extras are sparse with only an isolated score soundtrack and the original theatrical trailer. And as with all Twilight Time releases this title is limited to just 3,000 copies so if you’re a fan of Allen make sure and order yours today.

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