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  • Adam Driver's fourth collaboration with Noah Baumbach.
  • Adam Driver and Laura Dern also co-starred in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), although they shared no scenes in that movie.
  • When Nicole is dressed up as David Bowie for Halloween, Charlie mistakes her outfit for Bowie's "Station to Station" outfit. Nicole swiftly corrects him by saying "Let's Dance". However, neither of them are right. Nicole is wearing David Bowie's outfit from his 1983 Serious Moonlight tour, though the Serious Moonlight tour was in support of Let's Dance and the title "Serious Moonlight" comes from the lyrics to Let's Dance (1983).
  • Laura Dern's character is loosely based on Los Angeles celebrity attorney Laura Wasser who represented Dern, Scarlett Johansson and Noah Baumbach during their respective divorces. Mediation scenes were filmed in Wasser's real office building.
  • Adam Driver's performance of Stephen Sondheim's "Being Alive" from the 1970 Broadway musical "Company" was recorded live and done in one take.
  • Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, and Laura Dern were cast before the script was complete. The cast collaborated with writer/director Noah Baumbach on certain character aspects.
  • It was Adam Driver's idea for his character Charlie to be a theatre director.
  • Both Noah Baumbach and Adam Driver were fans of Stephen Sondheim's classic 1970 Broadway musical "Company;" thus both decided to have Charlie sing "Being Alive" and Nicole sing "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" in the film. And long before they collaborated on Marriage Story (2019), Driver had proposed to Baumbach that they should create a film version of "Company."
  • Charlie Barber lived in Indiana before moving to New York. Adam Driver grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana before permanently settling in New York.
  • When Charlie and Henry go to the cinema, in the background there is a poster of Steven Spielberg's film Ready Player One (2018). Adam Driver actually starred in Steven Spielberg's previous film, Lincoln (2012).
  • The theme of theatre is reflected in the film's production design and the architecture. Charlie and Nicole have a proscenium arch in their apartment. In Nicole's mother's house, characters move in and out of rooms that interconnect to the kitchen like a backstage to the main stage. During Nicole's monologue she walks in and out of rooms and similarly, Nicole and Charlie walk between rooms during the fight scene, these moments echo how actors move in plays.
  • No dialogue or moments of hesitation are improvised in the fight scene in Charlie's apartment. Everything was scripted.
  • Noah Baumbach, Scarlett Johansson, and Laura Dern have all been divorced. Adam Driver is a child of divorced parents.
  • The framing and close ups in Persona (1966) were used as inspiration.
  • Marriage Story was the first Netflix film to be granted the longest theatrical release of 30 days.
  • Netflix reopened the Paris Theatre in New York to play this movie exclusively.
  • When Noah Baumbach approached Scarlett Johansson to join the film, unbeknownst to him, Scarlett was actually going through her second divorce.
  • Uniquely, Marriage Story is a love story told through the lens of a divorce.
  • Randy Newman's score was influenced by George Delerue's French film scores.
  • Based in large part on Noah Baumbach's own experiences when he divorced Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2013. According to Baumbach, Leigh read the script, has seen the film, and likes it.
  • One of three movies that were released theatrically in 2019 in which (despite the movie not being a musical) one or more characters sing a song from a Stephen Sondheim musical. In Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, the character played by Adam Driver sings "Being Alive", and the character played by Scarlett Johansson sings "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," both from Sondheim's 1970 musical Company. In Knives Out (2019), the character played by Daniel Craig sings part of "Losing My Mind" from Sondheim's 1971 musical "Follies." In Joker (2019), the bullies that attack Arthur (Joaquin Phoenix) in the subway sing "Send in The Clowns", from "A Little Night Music".
  • Third film starring Scarlett Johansson that was inspired by a writer-director's own experience with divorce; the previous films being Lost in Translation (2003) for Sofia Coppola and Her (2013) for Spike Jonze respectively. Interestingly enough, Coppola and Jonze were married to each other in the past.
  • Julie Hagerty plays Scarlett Johansson's mother in the film and also played the mother of Ryan Reynolds' character in the 2005 film "Just Friends." Reynolds is Scarlett's first ex-husband.
  • The film Adam Driver watches while dressed as The Invisible Man is Ridley Scott's Legend (1985) in which Tim Curry's Lord of Darkness tries to seduce and corrupt Mia Sara's Princess Lily. While no footage from the film is shown, Curry and Sara's dialogue can be clearly heard.
  • The toys Nicole plays with together with Henry during the opening montage are Star Wars toys, which is a reference to Adam Driver's connection to Star Wars.
  • Adam Driver had to punch the wall 15 times due to multiple takes. At one point, he punched so hard he almost punched through the wall behind the breakaway wall.
  • Early in her career, Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) starred in a hit teen sex comedy called "All Over the Girl." Noah Baumbach's ex-wife Jennifer Jason Leigh, on whom the character of Nicole was based, had an early-career success in the teen sex comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
  • This is Noah Baumbach's tenth feature film as writer-director.
  • For inspiration, Noah Baumbach looked to screwball comedies from the 1930s and 40s, notably Twentieth Century (1934) and To Be or Not to Be (1942).
  • Had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
  • Shot over 47 days.
  • Adam Driver is 6'3" whilst his on-screen wife Scarlett Johansson is 5'3".
  • Sheets with pictures from Guardians of the Galaxy can be seen in Henry's bed in the New York apartment. The movie is from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as Scarlet Johansson's portrayed character Black Widow.
  • Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
  • Los Angeles celebrity attorney Laura Wasser, on whom Laura Dern's Nora is loosely based, allowed Noah Baumbach and his crew to film Nora's office scenes at Wasser's own law office building.
  • A moment of dialogue from 'The Money Pit' (1986) is heard when Charlie briefly switches on the TV after sending the babysitter home. Tom Hanks can be heard saying: "You're leaving?"
  • First film to be distributed primarily by a streaming service (Netflix) to win an Academy Award in an acting category. Also, the first streaming film to win a BAFTA and a Golden Globe in acting categories.
  • Baumbach filmed 76 takes of the final scene of this film.
  • Due to location availability, the LA scenes were filmed first before the principal cast moved to NY to film the scenes that take place earlier in the film.
  • Scarlett Johansson and Adam driver have both appeared in film franchises owned by Disney
  • Laura Dern also appeared in Little Women this year, which was directed by Baumbach's partner, Greta Gerwig. Her role in that film was previously played by Susan Sarandon, who won an Oscar the following year for Dead Man Walking, directed by her then-partner, Tim Robbins.
  • Noah Baumbach's ex-wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh, appeared with Laura Dern in Twin Peaks. She also worked with Bruce Dern in The Hateful Eight.
  • This is the second time Adam driver's wife name is Nicole after (What if) movie.
  • Charlie's LA apartment is a real location. The production rented it for filming as well as the apartment directly upstairs, which they used for lodging. The next door neighbors had to be asked to leave during the filming of the argument scene.
  • This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #1,038.
  • All the three actors who play lawyers in the movie appeared in at least one film directed by Martin Scorsese: Alan Alda appeared in The Aviator (2004), Ray Liotta starred in Goodfellas (1990) and Laura Dern appeared in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974).
  • The cast includes one Oscar winner: Laura Dern and three Oscar nominees: Alan Alda, Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.

Spoilers

  • The climactic 'fight' scene between Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson was filmed over 2 days. Due to the explosive nature of the scene, the entire scene was done in one take and the pair had to restart the scene for every new take.
  • Noah Baumbach consulted real practicing divorce lawyers to achieve authenticity in the portrayal of the divorce process on-screen. He discussed the script with them and asked the divorce lawyers what character ammunition and defense they would use for both Nicole and Charlie.
  • In comparison to the rest of the film, the opening "What I love about...." montages were shot hand-held. This was to highlight the ordinary moments that often go unnoticed during a day but are pointed out by someone who loves you. It also sets up how these ordinary moments don't go away even though circumstances change.
  • Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson did 50 takes of the fight scene in Charlie's apartment.
  • Scarlett Johansson's monologue was shot in one take. Hence, due to the long nature of the scene, a new film roll had to be used every take.
  • In Nicole's mother's house, there is a magazine article featuring Charlie and Nicole entitled Scenes From A Marriage. This is a homage to Bergman's film Scenes from a Marriage (1974)
  • Noah Baumbach would give notes to Scarlett Johansson or Adam Driver separately during the fight scene to surprise the other actor and gain different reactions.
  • When Noah Baumbach's partner Greta Gerwig first saw Marriage Story in the cutting room, she sent Noah a photo of herself crying after the opening montage.
  • In the film, Charlie receives the highly prestigious MacArthur "Genius Grant." Writer/Director Noah Baumbach's sister-in-law Annie Baker is a real-life recipient of this award, being named a MacArthur fellow in 2017, when this film was already in production. Matthew Maher (Theater Actor) was in the original cast of Baker's play "The Flick"; that production, at New York's Playwright's Horizons, was closed by the time "The Flick" won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
  • The joke Bert Spitz tells about the hairdresser criticizing a woman's vacation plans ends with her coming back later, telling her hairdresser of a wonderful vacation, ending in an audience with the Pope, who put his hand on top of her head and asked her, "Who did this terrible hairstyle of yours?"
  • Loosely based on Noah Baumbach's personal experience of divorcing Jennifer Jason Leigh. Charlie's experience of the relationship resembles Noah's experience, while Nicole is supposed to resemble Jennifer's experience in their relationship. Charlie cheating on Nicole with Marry Ann during the marriage is supposed to resemble Noah cheating on Jennifer with Greta Gerwig during the filming of Greenberg (2010).
  • At the end of the movie the family dresses as The Beatles (a la Sgt. Pepper's) to go Halloween trick-or-treating in Los Angeles. Based on the outfits they chose, Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) is John. Her mother Carol (Julie Hagerty) is George, Nicole's new boyfriend (Mark O'Brien) is Paul, and the kid Henry (Azhy Robertson) is Ringo. Charlie (Adam Driver) is dressed as a ghost, who is asked to take care of Ringo.
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