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Chicago – After acknowledging that the rewards of reality are infinitely preferable to the shallow pleasures of a nostalgic dreamworld in his Oscar-winning crowd-pleaser, “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen’s tirelessly neurotic psyche appears to be more calm and serene than ever before. Perhaps his compulsion to make one picture a year has finally brought him some sort of therapeutic catharsis.
His eagerly anticipated follow-up, “To Rome with Love,” is an entertaining trifle that functions as little more than an absurdist travelogue, but it’s also his most relaxed, causally playful offering in many a moon. Considering the unfathomable potential of its powerhouse cast, the script’s hit-or-miss trajectory is a considerable letdown. The film wasn’t quite worth the full price of admission in theaters, but as a Friday night rental, cinephiles could do a whole lot worse. As for die-hard Allen fans (such as myself), there is plenty here to savor. »
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Fabio Armiliato's recent experience in itself reads almost like a Woody Allen film. The Italian tenor – who is about to make his London recital debut – was enjoying the full flow of his fine career, singing leading roles in opera houses all over the world, when Allen chose him to feature in a new movie. And one of its requirements was that from time to time he had to sing, please, just a little less well. »
2 items from 2013
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