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Wei Ling Soo, Stanley's onstage persona, is a reference to Chung Ling Soo, the stage name of William Ellsworth Robinson (1861-1918), a popular magician in the U.S. and Europe for many years. Chung Ling Soo also tried to debunk spiritualists, and even wrote a book about it in 1898. A major difference is how carefully the men protect their Chinese personas. In the movie, people seem aware of Stanley's role as Wei Ling Soo. Robinson, very careful to protect his stage persona, lived as Chung, never breaking character while in public. He died in March 1918 when a bullet catch trick went wrong. "My God, I've been shot!" were both his last words and the first English words he had spoken on stage in 19 years.
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Stanley gets most of his pessimism and philosophical view points from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who is mentioned more than once in the film.
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At one point, Stanley and Sophie are caught in a lightning storm and take shelter in an abandoned observatory. A similar scenario happens in Manhattan (1979).
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Emma Stone considers Diane Keaton, long a mainstay in Woody Allen's earlier films, to be a major influence on her work.
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This is the second film in which Eileen Atkins plays Colin Firth's mother figure. The first was What a Girl Wants (2003).
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Woody Allen's fourth film with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, after Manhattan (1979), Anything Else (2003) and Blue Jasmine (2013).
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The paintings in Olivia's London apartment appeared in Gertrude Stein's apartment in Midnight in Paris (2011).
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Emma Stone uses the expression "geometric logic" to Colin Firth. It was first used in the 1954 Humphrey Bogart drama "The Caine Mutiny" in the scene where Bogart's character reveals his paranoia under cross-examination. Allen's favorite actor is Bogart and the employment of the phrase was evidently meant as a l'homage to Bogie.
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Some of the classical music pieces heard in the movie's opening scene are Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" and Ludwig van Beethoven's "9th Symphony, 2nd movement." The Beethoven piece is heard again when Stanley's sleep is troubled.
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Colin Firth previously appeared in another production centering around a British stage magician with an Oriental stage persona, set in the early 20th century: In Lost Empires (1986) he played the nephew and stage assistant of vaudeville magician Nick Ollanton (stage name Gunga Dun) played by John Castle. Firth's overbearing and rude character in Magic in the Moonlight is very similar to that of Ollanton/Gunga Dun.
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Cole Porter's "You Do Something To Me" is featured prominently throughout the film. The song was also featured in Easy Virtue, which also starred Colin Firth.
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Colin Firth is 28 years older than co-star Emma Stone, which made him more than double her age at the time the movie was filmed.
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The script references at least three Queen (I)' songs: "Made in Heaven", "A Kind of Magic," and "It's Late".
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Its the first time Emma Stone falls in love inside an Observatory. The second time is in La la Land.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Colin Firth, Emma Stone and Marcia Gay Harden; and one Oscar nominee: Jacki Weaver.
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The film takes place in 1928.
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One of Howard's cars is a red 1928 Alfa Romeo 1600 Sport.
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This film is a co-production between France and the United States.
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Swiss certificate # 1010.45.
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