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Woody Allen Ditches Decameron Title for Nero Fiddled

Woody Allen Ditches Decameron Title for Nero Fiddled

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With Woody Allen’s summer hit Midnight in Paris his highest grosser ever and heading for Oscar contention, the filmmaker has seen the wisdom of changing the name of his next film, his first shot and financed in Rome, from The Bop Decameron, which got too many stares, says Allen, to the more accessible Nero Fiddled (2012). “I couldn’t believe how few people had heard of The Decameron even in Rome,” he says. “And the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio’s tales which it’s not.” The change marks the second time Allen has altered a title; the first was replacing Anhedonia with Annie Hall, which went on to win the best picture Oscar.

For this one, Allen returns to the screen for the first time since 2006’s Scoop, co-starring with Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. This movie is “not the same kind of picture” as Midnight in Paris, he told me in May. “It’s not as romantic. It’s more an out-and-out comedy. I don’t know Rome as well as I know Paris.” He went back to his Midnight in Paris director of photography, Darius Khondji.

Nero Fiddled, a Gravier Productions film produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, is the first Woody Allen picture financed by Italy’s Medusa Film.

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The director uses cities he loves as key factor in his movies. Like ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’ Manhattan and Manhattan Murder Mystery; Midnight in Paris is as much about the city as it is about actors and their travails. Like the other movies, Midnight in Paris also starts with a montage of scenes from the city. These montages are reflective of his deep love for these cities.


Maybe because it’s already been used twice in just the past dacade: last year for the Kristen Bell turkey, and in 2002 for a DTV with the Olsen twins.

Dixon Steele

He should’ve called in WHEN IN ROME…a phrase everyone is familiar with and one that mentions the Eternal City in the title.

Hell, it worked for MIDNIGHT IN PARIS…

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