Woody Allen is now in love with Rome, after his trysts with London, Barcelona and Paris. His next film will be called To Rome With Love, which will capture the mood, the flavour, the history and the tradition of a great city, said to have been built by Romulus and Remes, twins suckled by a she-wolf.
Woody Allen (L) and Penelope Cruz shoot for To Rome With Love
The movie was earlier titled, Nero Fiddled. But not many can identify Rome with Nero, the emperor who played the fiddle while the city burnt. Producer Sony Pictures Classics said that "Nero Fiddled, while an appropriate and humorous phrase in the USA, is not a familiar expression overseas, and many international territories preferred a more globally understood name.”. So, it is To Rome With Love, which will probably remind us of another wonderful film, Roman Holiday (1953), where Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn delighted us with their comic romance.
To Rome With Love is also about romance, about a number of people in Italy – some Italians, some Americans – and their adventures and predicaments. With an impressive star cast that includes Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page, the movie will open on June 22. It is not yet clear when it will screen in India.
Allen has been, for some years now, romancing with several European cities, making a film in each one of them. He began this odyssey with Match Point, a romantic thriller set in London, narrating the story of a tennis coach who would stop at nothing to reach the higher echelons of the society.
Allen’s next, Vicky Christina Barcelona, set in the Spanish city, paints the life of a Bohemian artist, whose former wife would not let him have his flings with two attractive visitors.
The director’s 2011 Midnight in Paris is a hauntingly beautiful, and of course romantic, look at the French capital by night, when at the stroke of 12, a screenwriter enters into the magical world of luminaries like Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso – to finally find his inspiration.