To Rome With Love~ Woody Allen’s Latest Film Opens in Rome (Trailer + Photos)

ROME- Last year, Woody Allen had the biggest hit of his career with Midnight In Paris, which won him an Oscar for Best Screenplay. He’ll be back on June 22 with To Rome With Love, which just premiered Friday in the Eternal City.

“I grew up on Italian cinema. I have always been an enormous admirer of Italian cinema. Anything that appears in the movie that is redolent of Italian cinema is strictly something that I have absorbed through osmosis over the years and it comes out,” he said at a news conference.

“It would have been impossible in the years that I grew up to not have been influenced by the Italian movies that came to New York. These are the films that I saw, my fiends saw, they were very impressive,” he said.

Allen, 76, grew up in Brooklyn and started his career as a stand-up comic in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, where he saw many of the great Italian films of the 1950s and 1960s by legendary directors such as Roberto Rossellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini.

“We set out to make a film set in Rome and entertaining to watch and that’s what we did.”

The film stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.

When asked why his most recent films like Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris were set in major European cities, he said: “I could not make films in some rural place or in the desert. These cities are very similar to New York in terms of energy and culture. It’s easy to live in them and to find stories there.” He also added that his next film would be said in San Francisco.


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