Upbeat Allen perseveres with Italo promo tour

Artistic soul remains unchanged, sez director

ROME — While many American industryites are canceling travel plans to Europe in the wake of last week’s U.S. terrorist attacks, Woody Allen turned up in Rome Thursday to promote “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion,” a Medusa release opening Sept. 28 in Italy. He was even in an upbeat mood.

“I thought it was best to make this trip,” Allen said. “We’re a gigantic and powerful country, and we’re not going to close ourselves off in a little shell. Our answer is to return to normalcy.”

Allen, a native New Yorker who was in town Sept. 11 when the terrorist attacks destroyed the World Trade Center, said the attack was “terribly shocking but not really surprising. We knew no country or city in the world was immune to terrorism …

“People shouldn’t exaggerate the depth of the tragedy in New York. This can and will be dealt with. … People will still be writing the same plays and music, and there will be as many joyous and light things as before. It doesn’t cast an irrevocable dark cloud over everything. … Our artistic soul remains unchanged. Comic, light, refreshing things will keep coming out of the U.S. and New York, myself included.”

As for its potential effect on Hollywood, he opined, “The attack won’t resonate much in the monomaniacal film industry. My guess is that there will be a certain sensitivity toward showing James Bond-style hijackings and blowing up cities.”

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