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(2016)

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Woody Allen was unaware of Kristen Stewart's immense exposure due to her involvement in the Twilight (2008) franchise. He cast her primarily because he admired her performance in Adventureland (2009).
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This is the first film since Twilight (2008) that Kristen Stewart had to audition for to win the role.
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"Cafe Society" was a phrase coined by Maury Henry Biddle Paul in 1915 to describe the "beautiful people" who socialized and threw parties in the high profile cafés and restaurants in New York, Paris, and London.
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This is Woody Allen's first film since Love and Death (1975) made without co-executive producer Jack Rollins, who died in 2015 at the age of 100. Rollins was Allen's longtime manager, and they collaborated for over 45 years.
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This is the first time that Woody Allen has narrated a film without appearing on screen since Radio Days (1987).
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This is Woody Allen's first digitally captured movie, using a Sony Cinealta F65.
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The most expensive film made by director Woody Allen with an estimated final total cost of US $30 million.
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Woody Allen said that he wanted the movie's structure to be like a novel.
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At the Cannes 2016 Opening Night screening of this film, master of ceremonies Laurent Lafitte said, "It's very nice that you've been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the U.S." The joke, which drew gasps from the Palais audience, was taken as a knock on Woody Allen. (Variety, May 2016). It could also be a reference to Roman Polanski, who fled the US for Europe in 1977 after pleading guilty to statutory rape. Switzerland and Poland have refused to extradite Polanski.
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This is Woody Allen's first film shot in 2:00:1 aspect ratio, which is commonly used by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.
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This is Woody Allen's third film to open Cannes, following Hollywood Ending (2002) and Midnight in Paris (2011).
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First collaboration between Woody Allen and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.
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This is Woody Allen's first film since Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) not to be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
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In one scene, Jesse Eisenberg's character goes sightseeing at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Kristen Stewart actually has her hands and feet imprinted there.
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Third movie together for Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, after Adventureland (2009) and American Ultra (2015)
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Second cinema movie collaboration of director Woody Allen and actor Jesse Eisenberg after To Rome with Love (2012) around four years earlier.
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Judy Davis was originally announced but does not appear in the film.
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Director Woody Allen had never worked with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro before despite having collaborated with a number of notable directors of photography. They ran into each other at a restaurant. Indiewire reported that Allen said: "We were never on the same schedule. This time we were both at liberty. I called him. And I had the honor of working with this great cinematographer."
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Bobby is told to stop with the "Uncle" it's "Phil", they don't want to over-emphasize the nepotism. This is a rare example of that word being used exactly, for it comes from Catholic popes (who had no sons) making their nephews into cardinals.
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The picture went over budget with its estimated cost rising from US $18 million and escalating another US $12 million to top an estimated US $30 million by the end of production.
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One of a group of Woody Allen films as actor and/or writer-director that examine the motion picture industry in some way. These movies are: Celebrity (1998), Hollywood Ending (2002), Café Society (2016), The Front (1976), Stardust Memories (1980), Play It Again, Sam (1972), and The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985).
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Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg first appeared together in Adventureland (2009) with Ryan Reynolds. This latest film they co-star with Blake Lively, who is the wife of Reynolds.
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Actress Parker Posey and writer-director Woody Allen had previously collaborated on Allen's last picture Irrational Man (2015) which had been made and first released in 2015, the year prior to the debut of Café Society (2016).
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The film's "Café Society" title had previously been used around twenty-one years earlier but without the accent on the letter "e". Cafe Society (1995) told the story of a society playboy with a taste for the lowlife and is set up for exploitation by an unscrupulous undercover cop and his shadowy political masters. An earlier Cafe Society (1939) was actually made during the 1930s period that this 2016 made picture is set. Moreover, this 2016 Woody Allen film is one of two features debuting in this year with this title, the other is made for television, and again without the accent over the letter "e" [See: Cafe Society (2016)].
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Jesse Eisenberg plays Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) whilst Parker Posey played Lex Luthor's assistant Kitty Kowalsky in Superman Returns (2006).
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Steve Carell replaced Bruce Willis.
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The nick-name of Veronica Sybil (Kristen Stewart) was "Vonnie". The film featured two female characters who were both named "Veronica", the other played by Blake Lively.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Ben's history of theft is shown, it includes a subtle homage to The 400 Blows (1959) when it says that his life of crime includes stealing typewriters when he was a schoolboy. The protagonist of that film, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), stole a typewriter when he was at school.
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The second movie starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in which Stewart's character has an affair with an older man. The first was Adventureland (2009).
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