Labour of love

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Allen says he can’t stand watch­ing any of his own films – but the 76-year-old US film­maker in­sists he has no plans to re­tire. The New York vet­eran says the ti­tle of his lat­est movie, To Rome with Love, is ‘‘ter­ri­ble’’. ‘‘My orig­i­nal ti­tle was Bop De­cameron and no­body knew what The De­cameron (a 14th-cen­tury Ital­ian book of sto­ries by Gio­vanni Boc­cac­cio) was. Even the Ital­ians didn’t know,’’ he says. ‘‘So I changed it to Nero Fid­dles, and half the coun­tries in the world said ‘We don’t know what that means, we don’t have the ex­pres­sion’. So fi­nally I set­tled on a generic ti­tle like To Rome With Love so ev­ery­body would get it.’’ The com­edy/ro­mance fol­lows four sto­ry­lines about love and fam­ily, set in Rome and acted out by an al­ls­tar cast, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia’s Judy Davis, Pene­lope Cruz, Alec Bald­win, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisen­berg, Roberto Benigni ( Life is Beau­ti­ful) and Allen him­self. The di­rec­tor, who fa­mously makes movies at the rate of more than one a year, com­pares the process to cook­ing. ‘‘When you make a film, it’s like a chef who works on a meal. Af­ter work­ing all day in the kitchen, dic­ing and cut­ting and putting sauces on you don’t want to eat it,’’ he says. ‘‘And that’s what I feel about a film. I’ve writ­ten it, I’ve edited, I’ve put the mu­sic and I just never want to see it again.’’

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Jesse Eisen­berg and Ellen Page in a scene from Woody Allen’s

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