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Trivia from Deconstructing Harry

  • The last name of a writer named "Block" is a joke on "writer's block."
  • Woody originally wanted Elliott Gould to play his part as Harry Block.
  • The film consists of references to the stories of Harry Block (Woody Allen); they also reflect Allen's movies or themes:
    - the story with "Death": a reference to Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957), a favorite of Allen's;
    - the cheating sister situation is a reference to Hannah and Her Sisters (1986);
    - Helen shows him what his sister thinks of him (while being "invisible"): a reference to Alice (1990);
    - jump cuts were featured in Husbands and Wives (1992);
    - the reception at the university is a reference to Stardust Memories (1980);
    - the Louis Prima song "Sing, Sing, Sing" was used in New York Stories (1989).
  • Deconstructing Harry is another Allen homage to Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries
  • Director Trademark: [Woody Allen] [writer] Harry is a novelist.
  • Woody Allen got into a publicized court battle with producer Jean Doumanian over the question of editing this film for television and airplanes. Doumanian sought to edit offisive words with substitute words, while Allen just wanted them "bleeped." Under the terms of their contract, New York State Supreme Court Justice Bernard Fried ruled that Doumanian had the right of final edit, but Doumanian should cover Allen's costs.

Awards and Nominations

  • Academy Awards, USA
    Year 1998
    Nominated Oscar
    Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
    Woody Allen
  • Bogey Awards, Germany
    Year 1998
    Won Bogey Award
  • Cinema Brazil Grand Prize
    Year 2000
    Nominated Cinema Brazil Grand Prize
    Best Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)
    Woody Allen (director)
  • European Film Awards
    Year 1998
    Nominated Screen International Award
    Woody Allen, USA.
  • Golden Satellite Awards
    Year 1998
    Nominated Golden Satellite Award
    Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
    Jean Doumanian

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