"Analyze This" filming got underway
in an abandoned warehouse in Hoboken, New Jersey for a scene in
which Vitti interrogates a terrified stoolie, only to suffer the
onset of a panic attack. Production then shifted to Jersey City
for the staging of a shootout, and then moved to a hospital in
Elmhurst, Queens, where Vitti seeks help for what he fears is
heart failure, but which is diagnosed as another panic attack.
These early sequences set the tone of the film. Stuart Dryburgh's
photography was, naturally enough, a key element in defining the
film's overall visual style. "A lot of the humor in the film
grows out of the juxtaposition of the gangster world and the warmer,
suburban milieu in which Ben lives," Dryburgh says. "In
order for it to work both worlds must be real."
Production designer Wynn Thomas proceeded in similar fashion.
"Instead of working from fantasy, I did research into the
actual places these characters inhabit," Thomas says. "For
the Italian-Americans I looked at sites in Little Italy, in Bay
Ridge and Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, as well as Todt Hill in Staten
Island, making sure that we see these worlds on the screen as
they exist in real life. In fact, a key sequence in the film was
shot in Todt Hill, a neighborhood that's notable for the number
of alleged organized-crime figures who live there. Then, in the
heart of Little Italy, Ramis filmed scenes inside the Old Lion
Social Club, the neighborhood 'loint" in which Vitti meets
with fellow mobsters.
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