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Sony Pictures Classics Changes Title of Woody Allen Film--Again

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 19, 2012 at 4:26PM

Woody Allen is having serial title issues. Remember "Anhedonia"? That was the first title of Allen's "Annie Hall," which went on to win the 1977 best picture Oscar. Last year, Allen changed the title of his upcoming Rome comedy from "The Bebop Decameron" to "Nero Fiddled."
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'To Rome with Love'
'To Rome with Love'

Woody Allen is having serial title issues. Remember "Anhedonia"? That was the first title of Allen's "Annie Hall," which went on to win the 1977 best picture Oscar. Last  year, Allen changed the title of his upcoming Rome comedy from "The Bop Decameron" to "Nero Fiddled." Well, no one knows what that one means either.

Now the comedy is called "To Rome with Love," which Sony Pictures Classics will release June 22. Given how "Midnight in Paris," which won an Oscar for Allen's screenplay, worked in part as a valentine to one of the world's top tourist destinations, SPC is banking on putting Rome in the title. Allen has agreed to use this more globally accessible title worldwide.

The writer-director's latest stars Allen in one of several intertwined narrative romantic adventures. Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page also star in the Gravier Productions film produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, and financed by the Italian production and distribution company, Medusa Film. Aronson talks about setting up Allen's indie projects overseas here.

This article is related to: Woody Allen, Woody Allen, Woody Allen, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Classic, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.