“In this film Woody takes up, most directly, the issue he began exploring in Annie Hall and Manhattan,” Richard Schickel asserts in Woody Allen: A Life in Film, “the ways in which very bright and articulate people avoid emotional involvement by devoting themselves to ideas – to opinion-making and opinion-mongering. He is very good on this subject, and, in a way, very brave on it, for if he has a core American audience the people of this class are at its center. They do not pay their money to be affronted. That said, it must be added that Another Woman is somewhat undone by the fact that its self-absorbed and entirely humorless characters tend to push us away from the kind of involvement we want to experience at the moves. This is somewhat mitigated by Rowlands’ subtle playing. She believes she is a warm and caring figure and is dismayed to discover that other people – aside from a stepdaughter [Martha Plimpton] with whom she exhibits genuine warmth – do not see her so. Still…the movie is easy to admire and hard to like.” However, with a host of precisely drawn characters who crack the chilly façade of Marion’s world played by a outstanding cast, the tightly knit 81-minute movie, extraordinarily shot by Sven Nykvist on autumnal New York locations, still fascinates, as the audience accumulates the puzzle pieces of Marion’s past and present relationships by way of sleuthing whether or not she has a shot at making a meaningful change in her life. Mia Farrow plays the troubled patient whose overheard anxieties transfix Marion; Ian Holm is Marion’s distant husband; Gene Hackman portrays the warm-spirited writer whose past and present professions of love for Marion challenge her; a frail John Houseman (who would die two weeks after the film’s release) is Marion’s demanding father and Harris Yulin is her frustrated brother whom Marion overshadowed in the family dynamic; and Blythe Danner and Sandy Dennis portray friends whose true feelings toward Marion make for startling wake-up calls. With such an extraordinary ensemble (plus Philip Bosco, Frances Conroy and David Ogden Stiers) on view, Marion’s latter-day journey toward self-discovery in Another Woman takes on the force of a smoldering volcano on Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray.
In 1860, Adolf Bastian (1826–1905) argued for "the psychic unity of mankind."  He proposed that a scientific comparison of all human societies would reveal that distinct worldviews consisted of the same basic elements. According to Bastian, all human societies share a set of "elementary ideas" ( Elementargedanken ); different cultures, or different "folk ideas" ( Völkergedanken ), are local modifications of the elementary ideas.  This view paved the way for the modern understanding of culture. Franz Boas (1858–1942) was trained in this tradition, and he brought it with him when he left Germany for the United States.