The world preem of Medusa Cinema’s “To Rome With Love” was not a total love fest, though Woody Allen paid plenty of homage to the Eternal City.
“Your Italy is superficial, full of call girls; a country where Italians come across as nonexistent people,” lamented a peeved female journo who nonetheless later gushed that she “loved the film.”
Allen countered, “I give you my own interpretation of Rome in the film, and I don’t pretend to have any insights about the culture or the politics.”
Roberto Benigni came to the rescue of his helmer. He recounted how at one point in the shoot, a Rome ambulance, with its siren wailing, drove by. The driver then slammed on the ambulance’s brakes, and paramedics jumped out to take photos with the Italo star, before racing off. “Mr. Allen said: ‘Only in Italy, only in Italy.’ In fact, that could have been the title of the film,” Benigni quipped.
Also on hand for the preem at Rome’s Auditorium Theater were Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg and Penelope Cruz. Pic marks Allen’s first onscreen appearance since “Scoop.”