September (Woody Allen) - 1987

In the middle of his Mia-phase (1982-1992), Woody wrote and directed this depressing story for her about some very depressing (and selfish) people who were spending the summer in a big house in Vermont.  Veteran actors Elaine Stritch, Jack Warden (1920-2006) and Denholm Elliot (1922-1992) joined Woody's stock actors (Dianne Wiest and Sam Waterston) for the small-cast drama.  Mia's character has lived a tortured life since she was fourteen because of an event that occurred between her mother (Stritch) and a dead boy friend.  However, if you drink too much, Mia will make coffee for you. [JAM 1/18/2010]

["... Joel Schumacher - a friend with my good at heart - said to me about September, 'Why would you want to make a film like that?'  I guess it's inexplicable to many people why I'd want to do something that's so far from what I'm recognized as doing all the time that I can't do well, and that there's no market for even if I bring it off.  They have a point, but I always politely say, 'I guess you're right,' and go on doing what I'm doing."  Conversations with Woody Allen 2006]

[" ... we have Woody Allen, whose humor has become so sophisticated that nobody gets it anymore except Mia Farrow.  All those who think Mia Farrow should go back to making movies where the devil gets her pregnant and Woody Allen should go back to dressing up as a human sperm, please raise your hands.  Thank you." Dave Barry's Greatest Hits]