Trivia for Irrational Man
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- Joaquin Phoenix's first time working with Woody Allen.
- After Magic in the Moonlight (2014), this is Woody Allen's second consecutive film with Emma Stone.
- Sophie von Haselberg's first motion picture in nearly 25 years.
- Woody Allen's third film in a row with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and fifth altogether.
- Joaquin Phoenix gained 33 pounds for the role.
- French visa # 143281.
- Russian censorship visa # 121015515 delivered on 20-7-2015.
- The Braylin College scenes were filmed at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
- The book of poems Abe presents to Jill is "Conversation at Midnight: Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
- Artworks featured include "Figure and Landscape No. 2" by Willem de Kooning; "Printed Sheet with Pictures" by Paul Klee; "Poster for Spoleto Festival" by Saul Steinberg; "Still life with Candlestick" by Nicolas de Stael; "Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Poster" by Milton Glaser; "Fushia II" by Cary Guck; "Words", "Sighs from Hell" and "Anne on Drancy Station" by R.B. Kitaj; and "Backyard No. 58.EB" by Edward Bawden.
- Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) previously taught philosophy at the fictional Adair University. This is the same university which Harry Block (Woody Allen) was expelled from and subsequently honoured by in Deconstructing Harry (1997) and where Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson) studied journalism in Scoop (2006).
- In the book "Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking" long-time Allen chronicler Eric Lax shadowed him through the making of Irrational Man (2015). He writes that Allen doesn't rehearse or prepare. He does the minimum number of takes and camera setups, never does reshoots, and likes to be finished by six every evening. He barely gives his actors any instructions at all [The Guardian, Feb.2018].
- This marks Woody Allen's fourth film which borrows themes from the 1866 novel "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, after Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Match Point (2005) and Cassandra's Dream (2007).
- The film is partially a modern-day re-telling of Dostoevsky's novel 'Crime and Punishment', about a university student named Raskolnikov. Deeply troubled by the fact that he can't change the world like Napoleon Bonaparte, he decides to murder a pawnbroker to prove that he is morally superior to other people. He justifies the murder by telling himself (and eventually others) that he did it to rid the world of a vile woman whose death would make the world a better place. Raskolnikov taunts a fellow student about who committed the murder, and Abe has fun guessing how the killer did it at a dinner. In both stories, a young woman urges the man to turn himself into the police when an innocent man is wrongly accused of the murder. When talking about his ideas about human existence, Abe comments "Dostoevsky got it right." Jill finds a copy of 'Crime and Punishment' open on Abe's desk.
- One of a handful Woody Allen directed films which feature a murder. The movies include: Match Point (2005), Cassandra's Dream (2007), Irrational Man (2015), Shadows and Fog (1991), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Moreover, death is a theme in both Deconstructing Harry (1997) and Love and Death (1975), both which feature the character of the Grim Reaper, as per the inspiration of Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" [The Seventh Seal (1957)].
- Body count: 2.