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Woody Allen's 'Nero Fiddled' Now Titled 'To Rome With Love'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 19, 2012 3:09 PM
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Nero Fiddled Set Photo

First known as "Bop Decameron" before switching over to "Nero Fiddled" last fall, the latest effort from Woody Allen has now settled on its final title.

Sony Pictures Classics has announed that the film will now be called "To Rome With Love."  The name was selected as an homage to the eternal city of Rome, where the film was shot will be set. Initally set to be the international only title, the name will now be used in all territories. The film’s former title, "Nero Fiddled," comes from the incident in which the Roman Emperor Nero was infamously known to have "fiddled while Rome burned," in the blaze he himself was accused of starting. While a common expression here, it was not a familiar overseas and many international territories preferred a more globally understood name.

Written and directed by Woody Allen, "To Rome With Love" is a story about a number of people in Italy — some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors — and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into. The film stars Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. It will hit theaters on June 22nd.

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  • Paul | March 19, 2012 4:23 PMReply

    Makes sense as a business decision. Having PARIS in the title most likely sure helped sell tickets to "Midnight in Paris", Woody's highest grossing film.
    If we still want to see Woody getting funding to do the movies he wants to do I have little issue with his movies being renamed to sell the allure of the city he's shooting in. Woody is not a big money earner. Hell, "Casandra's Dream" made like half a million in the states. And don't even remember if "Whatever Works" even played in theaters. The reason he had to leave the States was because he couldn't get funding.
    A huge sell of his movies is how, aside from those with murder, they act as love letters to the cities they were shot in. If this movie is going to be four short films selling the joy of being in Rome then "To Rome With Love" is a fine title.

  • Ken | March 19, 2012 4:08 PMReply

    he should call it the buttfuckers, that would really stick it to the studio

  • Ken | March 19, 2012 4:13 PM

    And wasn't there a John Travolta movie called "From Paris to Love" that came out like two years ago? Woody shouldn't be going down that route, let's hope he changes it yet again.

    Although maybe they're trying to capitalize on simple titles, like how "Midnight in Paris" became Woody's highest grossing film. "If you liked Midnight in Paris, then you'll love To Rome with Love..."

    And then next year, "Weekend in Copenhagen."

  • Hombre Gato | March 19, 2012 3:57 PMReply

    Smells like studio interference.

  • Wood | March 19, 2012 3:54 PMReply

    i want to fiddle with Ms.Cruz's Romes.

  • Nik Grape | March 19, 2012 3:43 PMReply

    Ayyee, terrible terrible title change. I thought nothing was going to top "Killing Them Softly" but now this. "Nero Fiddled" (though I had no idea it was a common expression) was leagues better than this generic and mundane title. Woody, Woody .... no.

  • bunty | March 19, 2012 3:31 PMReply

    Pretty brazen attempt to cash in on the 'Midnight in Paris' goodwill. Next up from Woody: "I Love Nighttime in Madrid".

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