The Italian Almanac

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Woody Allen

Shooting in Rome

Woody Allen will film his next movie in Rome this summer. Shooting is set to start in July and before that Allen and his jazz band will play at Rome's Auditorium at the end of March.

"I and my family can't wait to spend a long period in that marvellous city," said Allen, 75, without going into details on the cast or plot of the film, the latest in his tour of European capitals. Only one of his last seven movies, Whatever Works, has been shot outside of Europe and he enjoyed mixed success with the London-set trio Match Point, Scoop and Cassandra's Dream before scoring a critical hit with the Spain-based Oscar-winning Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Allen's Last Film, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, was also set in London and did well at the Italian box-office. His upcoming Midnight In Paris, opening Cannes in May, includes French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in the cast. The cult US director, whose most critically acclaimed work has been based in his native New York, has not worked in Italy since 1996's Everyone Says I Love You, part of which was shot in Venice. But he says he is just as fascinated with Rome as he is with the other great cities that have inspired him.

"I love these sophisticated and civilised metropolises and I find it fantastic to have the chance of working in them," he said. "Every time has been like making declarations of love for certain places and projecting onto the screen my feelings for the places which have counted the most in my life. I hope to do the same with Rome".