Today, Italian distributors of Woody Allen’s long-awaited film about Rome announced that it will be called “To Rome With Love.” Until now, the film has operated under the working titles of “Bop Decameron” and “Nero Fiddled.” I personally think that Allen and/or his producers went with the right choice, picking something more basic. The film is supposed to be a modern-day take on Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” according to the ANSA news service. (As of this writing, IMDB still reports that the title is “Nero Fiddled.”)
“To Rome With Love” is to be released on April 20 and will include star turns from an amazing cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, and Italian actress Ornella Muti. Woody Allen will also appear in front of the camera in this film. He’s listed near the top of the cast in the IMDB profile, which indicates that he may be one of the main characters.
If “Midnight in Paris,” which was Allen’s celluloid love letter to Paris the way “Manhattan” was his homage to NYC, is any indication of how this film will be presented, I simply cannot wait until it is released. While most, if not all, of the landmarks that will be featured on-screen in “To Rome With Love” will be familiar, Allen will certainly figure out a way to bring out the best in them. The film was shot in Rome and at the famed Cinecittà Studios in the outskirts of Rome during the summer of 2011.