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  • Adam Driver's fourth collaboration with Noah Baumbach.
  • Adam Driver & Laura Dern also co-stared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • 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 a real life female Los Angeles attorney who represented Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern during their respective divorces.
  • Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern were cast before Marriage Story's script was complete. Hence, throughout the script writing process the cast collaborated with 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 the musical: Company, thus both decided to have the Charlie sing Being Alive and Nicole sing You Could Drive a Person Crazy in the film.
  • Adam Driver's character, Charlie Barber lived in Indiana before moving to New York. Similarly, Adam Driver grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana then permanently settled 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 is improvised in the fight scene in Charlie's apartment. Everything was scripted.
  • The cast contributed personal experiences to the script. Noah Baumbach, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern have all been through divorces. 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 previously closed Paris Theatre in New York to exclusively play Marriage Story.
  • 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 love story told through the lens of a divorce.
  • Randy Newman's score was influenced by George Delerue's French film scores.
  • During the promotional tour for this movie, Adam appeared on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (2014) (Seth Meyers (I), Fred Armisen). During the interview, he references a 6,000-page C.I.A. report that his character created in the movie. Adam tells Seth that an abridged version can be purchased on Amazon. He then laughs off his impromptu plug for stating that it's okay to drop the name since Amazon is the production company for the movie. Actually, Netflix is the production company.
  • Based in large part on Noah Baumbach's own experiences when he divorced Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2013. According to Baumbach, Leigh 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, the character played by Daniel Craig sings part of "Losing My Mind" from Sondheim's 1971 musical "Follies." In Joker, 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", who 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 Darkness character tries to corrupt and imprison Mia Sara's princess. While the film is not shown, Curry and Sara's dialogue can be clearly heard.


  • Adam Driver's performance of Sondheim's Being Alive from the musical Company, was recorded live and done in 1 take.
  • 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 defence 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.
  • The opening shot is of Nicole rising from the stairs of the NY subway station. This represents Nicole's ascension in the film. This dichotomy is mirrored in Charlie's descent in the latter half of the film. Charlie is seen sitting on the floor, collapsing onto the floor during the fight scene and falling to the floor after blood loss.
  • 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.
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