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'To Rome With Love' Directed By Woody Allen

Woody Allen's Beautiful Homage To A Magical City

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'To Rome With Love' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree: Woody Does This City Proud (Video)

  • Jun 20, 2012
'To Rome With Love'                    

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

Last year, one of my top 3 favorite films was Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris'...an exquisite homage to the magical city of lights.   

Now, I'm happy to report, Woody has done it again with 'To Rome With Love'.

 He's written and directed a quirky, satirical, funny, and beautiful film about the people who visit, live, work, fall in love and get lost in this enchanting, eternal city.

We meet famed architect, John (Alex Baldwin) who lived in Rome in his youth, and is now vacationing there. 

Walking the streets of Rome, he meets a young architect student, Jack (Jessie Eisenberg) a young man, not unlike himself.  As he watches Jack fall heard over heels for Monica (Ellen Page) his girlfriend, Sally's (Greta Gerwig) dazzling, narcissistic actress friend, John relives one of his most romantically painful episodes of his own life.

Then there's Hayley (Alison Pill) who introduces her dad Jerry (Woody Allen) a kvetching, retired Opera director and her psychiatrist mom, Phyllis (Judy Davis) to her Italian fiancee, Michaelangelo (Flavio Parenti) and his family...

When Jerry hears her father, Giancarlo (renowned tenor Fabio Armiliato) an undertaker, sing arias in the shower.  Jerry clutches at the opportunity to promote Giancarlo and rejuvenate his own career.
There's also a comic, biting, insightful story about, the price of fame, when Leopoldo (Roberto Benigni) becomes famous for...absolutely nothing.

And lastly, we meet Antonio (Alessandro Tiberi) and his new wife Milly (Alessandra Mastronardi) who have come to Rome so he can take an upscale big city job with his wealthy uncle's law firm. 

Through a series of very funny events, Antonio winds up passing off high class hooker (Penelope Cruz) as his wife and Milly gets to be romanced by a legendary movie star, Luca Salta (Antonio Albanese)

All of these people, before the film ends, will have their lives changed forever and you will leave the theatre smiling.  I know I did and for that reason, I gave 'To Rome With Love' which opens in theatres Friday, June 22, 2012  4 1/2 bagels out of 5.

Check out our video to see John's rating and our funny banter. 
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June 25, 2012
man...I still have to catch up on Allen's "Midnight in Paris"
June 20, 2012
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review by . January 25, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
Surprisingly bad
Four unrelated vignettes involving tourists, newlyweds, and quirky locals play out in Rome.  The characters are neither sympathetic, likable, interesting, nor memorable.  The plots are like fantasy daydreams but still manage to be incredibly tiresome.  I was so glad when the movie was over. On the plus side, the photography is exquisite.  Rome is filmed in a warm, golden light that makes it look like a fairytale city for lovers.  Some very good actors get stuck …
review by . July 06, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
To Rome Without Love
TO ROME WITH LOVE Written and Directed by Woody Allen Starring Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen   Jack: What’s so great about suffering? Monica: There’s just something attractive about a man who is plagued by the perils of existence.   Woody Allen remains true to form with his latest international comedy TO ROME WITH LOVE. And by that I mean that he has followed up a genuine hit with a complete misfire. This is Allen’s pattern …
review by . July 04, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         To Rome with Love is a bad movie, and yet it employs exceptional talent and showcases many of writer/director Woody Allen’s best loved cinematic hallmarks. It’s constructed as four vignettes that are not only bound by nothing apart from the location but also go nowhere meaningful in and of themselves. Lacking a real plot to string them together, the best one can say is that it’s essentially a series of concepts that weren’t …
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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