Woody Allen may not be making a movie this year, but he’s starring in one.
In an attempt to kiss and make up with the U.S. after some cross-Atlantic squabbling about the war in Iraq, France has tapped its favorite Yankee cineaste to convince Americans that the Frenchies aren’t mad anymore.
The short, titled “Let’s Fall in Love Again,” features Allen and a host of other American diplomats, such as Wynton Marsalis, George Plimpton and Robert De Niro, making a case for cozier international relations (and a vacation on the Riviera).
Allen, who is beloved in France by an entire nation, as opposed to a single borough in the U.S., is not a surprising choice for the Gallic public relations team.
In his 2002 film “Hollywood Ending,” Allen’s alter ego, a sixty-something film director whose latest pic is hailed as a masterpiece in France but panned stateside, says “Here, I’m a bum, there I’m a genius. Thank God the French exist.”
But considering that the bumbling intellectual has had his own PR machine working overtime in recent years — most notably over his marriage to Soon-Yi — the French might have done better to choose a more popular figure.
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