Filmmaking Woody Allen’s way

by Peter D. Marshall

from Stuff.

On a sweltering Manhattan day, it’s hard not to think of Woody Allen’s old line about preferring air conditioning to the Pope.

Allen’s Park Avenue office and screening room are a cool sanctuary, far off the Manhattan street and away from the heat. Asked if he was looking forward to the New York premiere that evening of his latest film, To Rome With Love, he answers ”No” with comical quickness.

Depending on how you count, To Rome With Love is the 76-year-old filmmaker’s 45th film, a total he’s amassed by making, with remarkable consistency, a film a year. It’s also his eighth film made in self-imposed exile, traversing European capitals.

His last movie, the Oscar-nominated Midnight in Paris, was his biggest box-office hit ever, a success Allen greets only with a shrug.

To Rome With Love – as much of a European postcard as Allen has made – is an ensemble farce about numerous characters (Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, Roberto Benigni, Ellen Page) chasing conflicting desires in the Eternal City.

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