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Trivia for Wonder Wheel

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  • First collaboration between Kate Winslet and Woody Allen; they were previously set to work together on Match Point (2005) before Winslet dropped out.
  • Second collaboration between Woody Allen and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, the first being Café Society (2016).
  • The film was released on December 1, 2017, Woody Allen's 82nd birthday.
  • Debi Mazar previously appeared in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway (1994).
  • One of five films released in 2017 with the word 'wonder' in its title, the others being Wonder (2017)', Wonder Woman (2017), Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017), and Wonderstruck (2017)
  • Max Casella previously appeared in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (2013).
  • Max Casella,Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa previously worked together on The Sopranos (1999)
  • Second film released in 2017 to star Jim Belushi and Tom Guiry, along with Sollers Point (2017).
  • Second of two Woody Allen films to feature a two word alliterated title. Moreover, both films actually featuring the same first letter in each title word, that being "W". The two films are "Whatever Works" (2009) and "Wonder Wheel" (2017) both made and first released about eight years apart.
  • Set on Coney Island in the 1950s, the Wonder Wheel is still in operation, but the Parachute Drop, seen in the background, ceased operation in 1964 and survives only as a tower. It's nicknamed the Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn.
  • The slang word "mazuma" is used. From the Yiddish for money, it was a popular slang term of the mid-century.
  • The film served as the closing night selection at the 55th New York Film Festival, on October 14, 2017.
  • Woody Allen had fond memories of visiting Coney Island as a child. This partially inspired him to make Wonder Wheel.
  • Woody Allen first noticed Jim Belushi in the 1986 film, About Last Night, and expressed a desire to work with him.
  • Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro created a contrasting color scheme between the two main female characters. Ginny has a warmer red/orange palette resembling the sun and symbolizing her attachment to the past. For Carolina, lighter shades of blue were used, symbolically linking her to the future in accordance with the "magic hour," the time between the sun setting and the moon rising.
  • Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro took inspiration from the Coney Island paintings of artist Reginald Marsh in creating the look for the film.
  • With the exception of Ginny and Humpty's apartments, the movie was shot entirely on location at Coney Island. Many of the existing businesses were altered to resemble shops or restaurants from the 1950s.
  • Casting director Patricia DiCerto suggested Juno Temple for the role of Carolina. Woody Allen agreed after watching a tape of one of her performances.
  • Many of the costumes worn by the extras were original era garments gathered by costume designer Suzy Benzinger.
  • Costume designer Suzy Benzinger initially had difficulty in creating a lifeguard outfit for Justin Timerlake's character Mickey since the photos of 1950s Coney Island at her disposal had few clear shots of the lifeguards. She eventually got the information she needed after reaching out to Marty Alvin, a former Coney Island lifeguard who was interviewed by Esquire Magazine in 1949.
  • The title, Wonder Wheel, in addition to referring to the Coney Island Ferris Wheel, is metaphorical for the characters' behaviors and mindsets. When describing the title, Woody Allen stated "The view is beautiful from the Wonder Wheel, but you're going no place. It has an element of romance to it, an element of beauty to it, but ultimately, an element of futility."
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