Steve Carell replaced Bruce Willis after filming started. Woody Allen fired Willis after he and the cast tired of his behavior and inability to remember his lines.
"Cafe Society" was a phrase coined by Maury Henry Biddle Paul in 1915 to describe the "beautiful people" who socialized and threw parties in the high profile cafés and restaurants in New York, Paris, and London.
This is Woody Allen's first digitally captured movie, using a Sony Cinealta F65.
Woody Allen said that he wanted the movie's structure to be like a novel.
At the Cannes 2016 Opening Night screening of this film, master of ceremonies Laurent Lafitte said, "It's very nice that you've been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the U.S." The joke, which drew gasps from the Palais audience, was taken as a knock on Woody Allen. (Variety, May 2016). It could also be a reference to Roman Polanski, who fled the US for Europe in 1977 after pleading guilty to statutory rape. Switzerland and Poland have refused to extradite Polanski.
This is Woody Allen's first film shot in 2:00:1 aspect ratio, which is commonly used by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.