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|Contributor||Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg|
|Runtime||1 hour and 52 minutes|
Romance! Adventure! Hilarity! Italy! Woody Allen leads this all-star cast on a rollicking ride through the streets of one of the world's greatest cities. Lovers and fiancées, opera singers and architects, the talented and the famous, and the youthful and the wise are all players within this ensemble tour-de-force, as their stories and lives magically criss-cross and collide throughout this engaging film. Also starring Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.
The DVD comes with the special featurette “Con Amore: A Passion for Rome,” providing a first time glimpse into the secretive world of Woody Allen’s filmmaking process featuring exclusive cast and crew interviews with Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz and Greta Gerwig.
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 Foster
- Aspect Ratio : 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 80 Grams
- Audio Description: : English
- Item model number : 5035822571334
- Director : Woody Allen
- Media Format : Subtitled, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 52 minutes
- Release date : 11 Feb. 2013
- Actors : Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg
- Subtitles: : English, Hindi
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
- ASIN : B0095E619Q
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 23,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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What is surprising is how the postcard title of the movie, originally entitled The Bop Decameron, totally belies the ludicrous hilarity of this movie. This is way past Midnight in Paris's nocturnal time travelling, or the summer flings of Vicky Cristina Barcelona. This is kind of like both those movies combined, and the repeated use of Woody's term 'Ozymandias Melancholia' drags us back to his masterful Stardust Memories (1980), with which this film also has themes in common.
But be careful, for like Midnight...' it doesn't start promisingly, with the traffic cop introducing the characters, none of whom prove very endearing in the first ten minutes. My advice, stick with it, because To Rome With Love turns into quite the carnival, with multiple storylines and time zones and existential metamorphoses. I'd also say there are multiple Woodys in this movie, not just Woody himself, but Jesse's character, the young husband, Pisanello the shmuck, all are Woody clown characters.
I'm not gonna tell you anymore, except to say it's romantic, surreal, full of homages to Italian cinema and Woody's own oeuvre, and in the best possible way, gorgeous to look at. Truly. And now we're in a time period of international viral lockdown, what better time to pick up a movie loosely inspired by Bocaccio's Decameron, eh?!
Very funny and nutty. Loved it.
If you like a some romance, comedy, good actors and great back drop this is an easy watch.
Phyllis (Judy Davis): “No, you have the only brain with three ids.”
Yesterday I watched with my kids To Rome With Love, by the genius Woody Allen, for the 100th time. Such a great movie! Hilarious, amusing, and cool: full of jokes and funny moments.
Woody manages (as always) to tell his story with humour, deep, jokes and more. This time he tells 4 stories, all amusing and imaginative.
I love that Woody is in the movie, accompanied by the great and beautiful Judy Davis. When they first appear, in the plane, we already get Woody’s philosophical humour. He says to Judy: “I can’t unclench when there’s turbulence. You know, I am an atheist.”
My favorite character is Leopoldo Pisanello, played brilliantly by the hilarious Roberto Benigni. We laugh every second that he’s in the movie. The Italian actors Alessandro Tiberi (Antonio, Milly’s husband), Alessandra Mastronardi (Milly), Antonio Albanese (the famous actor Luca Salta), and Riccardo Scamarcio (the hotel burglar) are all hilarious. The legendary Ornella Muti appears 10 seconds in the film.
Fabio Armiliato is a very well-known opera tenor singer who plays the role of Giancarlo beautifully and sings amazing (in the shower). Armiliato has had leading roles and sung in the most prestigious opera houses of the world (Metropolitan Opera House of New York, La Scala in Milan, and L’Opéra de Paris).
Alec Baldwin is great as always. Jesse Eisenberg plays to the perfection the role of a shy and confused young man. Penélope Cruz is wonderful and beautiful as always. Alison Pill (Hayley)’s performance is very fresh, and Flavio Parenti (who is Michelangelo, Hayley’s fiancé) is great in his role as an angry ultra left-wing young man. Monica Nappo plays amazingly Pisanello’s humble wife.
Since Page and Gerwig opportunistically stabbed Woody right after the world saw Dylan Farrow’s crocodile’s tears in January 2018 (she’s been trying to destroy Woody with her prefabricated story for ages), I can’t stand watching them onscreen. Their treason, hypocrisy and opportunism will be always remembered (unlike their acting). Nevertheless, the lines that Woody wrote for them are really good.
The cinematography of the film is really beautiful. Cinematographer Darius Khondji (born in Iran but majored in Film at New York University) worked previously with Woody in Anything Else (2003) and Midnight in Paris (2011) and would go on working with Woody in two other films: Magic in the Moonlight (2014) and the masterpiece Irrational Man (2015). Other great works of Khondji include Delicatessen (1991), La cité des enfants perdus (1995), Alien: Resurrection (1997), and Amour (2012). He also worked as a cinematographer in many videos of Madonna.
To Rome With Love is rated in IMDB “restricted”. I really don’t know why. Maybe because Penélope plays a prostitute? Well, as we all know in the States it’s OK to watch movies with thousands of bombs, guns, and killers, but love and sex are more dangerous and always restricted. Funny country…
To Rome With Love is another Woody Allen gem. A fresh and funny film, packed with jokes, beautiful long shots, great writing and a wonderful cast. 10/10
The worst: that Page and Gerwig contaminate the film (two ungrateful hypocrites who opportunistically stabbed Woody) .
The best: all the funny moments, Woody, the great Judy Davis, Roberto Benigni, and the cinematography.
We love you, Woody!
Charming, fairy-tale tourists view of Rome, full of cliches... truly a feel good movie.