Why I Love To Rome with Love
By Juliet Goodfriend, BMFI President
Why do I love Woody Allen's To Rome with Love? It's more than the scenery, more than the wonderful return of comedian Woody on his screen. It's the satire he uses to propel the theme (that happiness comes only to those who get back into their own authentic skins and out of the phony world of celebrity). The film is totally unified around that theme, even if the time sequencing expands and contracts throughout the film.
But my special epiphany came an hour after I saw it, when I recalled Barcelona performance troupe La Fura dels Baus's staging of Das Rheingold, which was performed at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Spain and broadcast in HD here at BMFI. The Rhine Maidens rose from below in three lucite boxes, filled 3/4 full with water and sang and swam about for many minutes.
If that did not inspire Mr. Allen's tenor-in-a-shower delight in To Rome with Love, I don't know what did. And, by the way, throughout the Rheingold opera I was afraid the maidens would get chilly in the water or aspirate some. I had the same fears for tenor Fabio Armiliato during his arias in the shower. But no one choked or chilled, the audience just basked in the clever warmth of this artful work.
|Opera star Fabio Armiliato plays an undertaker whose vocal talent is discovered while he croons in the shower in Woody Allen's To Rome with Love.|
If you've seen To Rome with Love, what are your thoughts about the film?