New title for Rome-set pic is 'Nero Fiddled'

Woody Allen has changed the title of his latest feature film “The Bop Decameron” to “Nero Fiddled,” explaining that people didn’t understand the working title.

Allen’s starring along with Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. The pic is set in contempo Rome and consists of four separate vignettes — two with American characters set in Rome, while the other two involve Italian characters, also set in Rome — but the vignettes never intersect.

“I couldn’t believe how few people had heard of the Decameron, even in Rome,” he said in a statement released Thursday. “And the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio’s tales, which it’s not. Anyhow, I changed the title to ‘Nero Fiddled,’ which is the first time I’ve changed a title since my last minute switch of ‘Anhedonia’ to ‘Annie Hall.’”

Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” is a collection of 100 bawdy novellas written in the 1350s. Nero was the Roman Emperor during a fire in 64 AD that destroyed much of Rome.

“Nero” is a Gravier Prods. film produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum and Allen’s first film to be financed by the Italian production and distribution company, Medusa Film. It began shooting in July and marked Allen’s first time shooting in Rome.

Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” is his top domestic grosser with $55 million for Sony Pictures Classics.

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