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To Rome With Love
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jack e sally sono una coppia di studenti americani a roma, in attesa dell'amica di lei, monica, un'attrice in erba con la fama della seduttrice seriale. john e' un famoso architetto, di ritorno nella citta' eterna dopo trent'anni, che rivede in jack se stesso da ragazzo e tenta inutilmente di metterlo in guardia rispetto a monica. anche hayley e' giovane e americana: innamoratasi di michelangelo, figlio di un impresario di pompe funebri, convoca i propri genitori in italia per far conoscere le famiglie. insieme al padre regista d'opera in pensione e alla madre strizzacevelli, arriva a roma anche una coppietta di pordenone che finira' separata per un giorno da un turbine di equivoci. ultimo e' leopoldo pisanello, che diverra' per qualche tempo il primo, per la girandola della ribalta, il capriccio di una fama che e' pura illusione e come viene se ne va.
To Rome With Love sees Woody Allen back in front of the camera for the first time since 2006's underwhelming Scoop, heading up one of the collection of stories that make up the film. For the movie brings together a collection of four unconnected narratives taking place in the city of Rome, with Allen playing a frustrated opera director who's always on the hunt for new talent. He finds some too, with a little help from a shower. Elsewhere, Roberto Benigni's Leopoldo gets a brief brush with fame, a young couple find themselves parted, while Jesse Eisenberg's Jack finds the predictions of Alec Baldwin's John close to the mark.
It's a bit of a mixed bag, though. At its best, From Rome With Love is witty, breezy and just a little bit bonkers. Elements, however, feel undercooked, and Woody Allen, with his writer and director hat on, would arguably have been better fleshing out one or two of the stories, rather than diverting us with tales that don't seem to go very far at all.
On the bright side, Rome is exquisitely shot, and Allen has clearly fallen in love with another European city. Furthermore, there are a number of really good laughs in From Rome With Love, that are very worth waiting for. It might not be a vintage Woody Allen feature, but it's still with more merits than you may have been led to believe. --Jon FosterSee all Product description
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In one tale celebrity status is spoofed as an ordinary man suddenly is famous for being famous.
In another tale we see a Hollywood actress have an affair with her friend's boyfriend. This was classic Allen as Alec Baldwin plays the voice of intellect and reason within all of our heads, the one we ignore when a woman becomes a possible conquest.
A third tale includes Allen himself as a retired producer with bad ideas, but has convinced himself he is simply ahead of his time.
The fourth tale involves a small town woman almost seduced by a celebrity, while her husband attempts to pass off a prostitute as his wife.
While the stories ran parallel, they were connected through the use of sound track and common style, as if to say, all movies about Italy are the same. I feel the film would have been better if Allen had left off that fourth story and spent more time on the other three. The episode with Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg with Alec Baldwin was my favorite and I wish they had stretched that one out. That was more of the old classic Woody Allen that I love. Perhaps if I was familiar with "The Decameron" I would have liked this film more.
Parental Guide: 1 F-bomb (thank you Ellen); no nudity. Implied sex and sex talk.
enough for that title, it is quite enjoyable.
The film is made up of four intercut short stories, that share little
other than the fact they're set in Rome. Some have fantasy elements,
some are more absurdist, others more straightforward character farce.
But somehow, though they don't make much of a logical grouping, the
whole thing is lighthearted and fun enough that it seems grumpy to pick
Sure some jokes fall flat and some ideas seem unfulfilled, but a lot of
it is wonderfully acted and cleverly written. And at a time when so
many comedies are aimed only at 15 year olds, even 2nd tier Woody,
simply telling playfully comic tales, is a welcome sight.
A lot of the dialogue is in Italian and there are no subtitles. Not to worry, take it easy, relax and feel like a tourist in this most beautiful of cities. It is not important what actually is being said, it is rather more expressions of feelings. It may even work to your advantage, if you do not speak Italian at all.
But you may, as I did, once in a while catch the word "famoso" or something in that direction: this is clearly a motif in the film, being famous or notorious, or not wanting to be any of the two.
This film is about love, lust and temptations, which you give in to, or not, in all kinds of stereotype, Roman ways.
There seems, however, to be an undercurrent of: natural love and lust being threatened by un-natural lust for fame and notoriety.
For some reason there is a doppelganger , too, who tries in wain to fulfill his job as a mentor and father figure for a young man who has fallen prey to a temptress, as young men do.
It is all very entertaining and delightfull, and the tiniest bit worrying. See this film, if you need light in midvinter and vitamins for your soul.
Bodil Marie - in The Mood.
P.S.: the music , I find, supports the theme: Puccini.
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