Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Trailer for Woody Allen new film "To Rome with love"

After having been titled Bop Decameron (referencing Boccacio's "The Decameron") and priorly been changed to Nero Fiddled (referencing the Roman Emperor, Nero, and the Great Fire of Rome), Woody Allen lands on the much more conventional and much less enthusiastic headline To Rome with Love. One can argue that the twist is in the fact that the object (Rome; could be Russia) is now not the origin but the destination of the feeling.  Woody is getting back in front of the cameras (after Scoop (2006)), together with the great cast - Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Roberto Begnini, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Greta Gerwig and Judy Davis.

The official synopsis reads as “The film is comprised of four separate vignettes and tells the story of a number of people in Italy—some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors—and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.”. I think I'll like the vignettes. I can only think of the great Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (1974) by Vittorio de Sicca, with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

This will certainly be much different from the out-of-the-box Midnight in Paris, playing in a more straighforward fashion that finds its funniness in exploring particular gags of each individual character and their (hopefully) original yields of neurotic relationships. But its all great actors, beautiful cinematography, swinging music and Italy.

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