Happy 83rd birthday, Woody!
With love, respect, and admiration.
Thank you so much for your amazing art!
Many birthday wishes to you, dear Woody, from some of your fans from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, and USA.
These are the wonderful people who participated in this amazing collage:
Maryam Amiribehzadi. Accountant, mountaineer, ping pong player, Woody Allen movies lover. Tehran, Iran.
Octavio Barros Vicuña. Uncle and great-uncle, smoker, bird and butterfly lover, stamp collector. Santiago de Chile, Chile.
Flavia Bellu. Writer, cinephile, singer, baker, native New Yorker. Berkeley, CA, USA.
Khashayar Boroomand. Philosophy PhD, Woody’s fan, fond of music, cinema, and chess. Tehran, Iran.
Souha Boughanmi. Woman, passionate for love, grateful to Woody Allen. Tunis, Tunisia.
Dennis Brian. Screenwriter, completist, friend, Philosophy graduate. Green Valley, AZ, USA.
Javier Camacho Cruz. Fine Arts teacher in Tokio, Japanese translator and modern Japanese literature lover. Jaén, Spain.
Tindaro Capuano. Father of Ludovico, clarinet player as our friend Woody, swimmer (or at least I like to swim). Palermo, Italy.
Patricia Casal Rodríguez. Passionate, curious, Foodle and nature lover. Vigo, Spain.
Beto Caserio. Oboe player, uncle of three, music teacher, cinephile. São Paulo, Brazil.
David Cerdá. Philosopher and writer who has seen all of Woody’s films. Seville, Spain.
Robert Chastain. Poet, artist, photographer, novelist. Longmont, CO, USA.
Vasilis Chatzigeorgiou. Student, theater-goer, cinephile, book-lover, dreamer. Thessaloniki, Greece.
Mireille Clees. “Mom” of two dogs, cinema, book, Woody and nature lover. Theux, Belgium.
Victoria Corral Blázquez. Woman, mother, wife, consultant, passionate about the future. Madrid, Spain.
Nadia Edwards. Emigrée, divorcée, Woody Allen passionée. Miami, FL, USA.
Sophie Girardin. English teacher, 45, I watch Woody’s movies again and again. Saint Étienne, France.
Nina Gleize. Writer. Montréal, Canada.
Anna Grau. Writer, reader, journalist, I interviewed Woody once! Madrid, Spain.
Tussah Heera. Pianist, composer, writer, dreamer, and philosopher queen. Las Vegas, NV, USA.
Marc Heller. Married, father, bi-polar, witty, under-achiever. London, UK.
Sébastien Jacques. IT engineer and Woody Allen fan since the 80s. Paris, France.
Michael Joseph. Poet, Robert Graves scholar, failed clarinetist, New Yorker, resist/persist! New York City, USA.
Andrey V. Kalashnikov. Huge Woody Allen fan over a period of 25 years. Moscow, Russia.
Danae Kardara. Philologist, writer, dreamer, romantic, and sarcastic. Karditsa, Greece.
Hesham Khaled. Software developer, Woody movies addict, jazz junkie. Alexandria, Egypt.
Polina Kiou. Fashion, movies and animal lover. Athens, Greece.
Tempe Laver. Curious, stubborn, shy, middle aged. Brisbane, Australia.
Scott Linker. Musician, father of Sabrina and two Yorkies. Las Vegas, NV, USA.
Andrea Lukomski. Mom of two girls, teacher, dreamer, Woody Allen admirer, nature and animal lover. Vukovar, Croatia.
Tom MacCammon. Musician, writer, supporter of Woody. Toronto, Canada.
Hannes Minkema. Teacher, learner, father, son, musician, audience. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Hesam Mohamadi. Engineer, philosopher, dreamer, writer, sleeper. Tehran, Iran.
Mariana E. Montes. Psychiatrist and artist. There is more truth in poetry than in history. Montevideo, Uruguay.
Pavlina Nelson. Mom, wife, cinephile, bookworm, nature lover. Prague, Czech Republic.
Monica Nicolau. Book-movie-music-junkie, mathematician. San Francisco, USA.
Kostas Papazafeiropoulos. Musician, composer, art lover, father of two. Athens, Greece.
Adrian Pasarica. Software engineer by profession, Woody’s fan by nature. Timisoara, Romania.
Mar Pastor González. Book-eater, The Beatles, jazz and dog lover, Woody’s fan. I love the films of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Madrid, Spain.
Olga Radulovic. Animal, music, and nature lover, vegan and cinephile. Woody’s fan. Vukovar, Croatia.
Hana Radulovic. Artist, caring, animal lover, sensitive and modest. Woody’s fan. Vukovar, Croatia.
Odalys Rey. Cuban, family, love, peace, happiness. Havana, Cuba..
Jacquelyn Roberts. Artist who serves Art. Tehachapi, CA, USA.
Stéphan Sante. Musician, piano teacher, cinephile, Woody’s fan. Verviers, Belgium.
Billie Shankar. Woody Allen fan. Brussels, France.
Carol Space. I love Café Society, Blue Jasmine, Midnight in Paris and Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona. Brewster, MA, USA.
Ruth Streett. Mother and grandmother living in Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel.
Eyal Streett. Father, musician, curious, cook, creative. Jerusalem. Israel.
Yael Streett Tejeda. Musician, ballet and hip hop dancer, tae kwon do brown belt, painter, trilingual. Madrid, Spain.
Itay Streett Tejeda. Writer, book-eater, chocolate lover, hip hop dancer, basketball player. Madrid, Spain.
Dalit Streett Tejeda. Ballerina, violinist, recorder player, swimmer, ice cream lover. Madrid, Spain.
Michael Taft. Book and music lover. Loves anything to do with Woody Allen. Christchurch, New Zealand.
Ulrich Tangl. Basketball player, basketball coach, basketball organizer, ex-sports editor, single. Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany.
Antonia Tejeda Barros. Mother of Yael, Itay and Dalit, musician, Philosophy MA, teacher, cinephile. Madrid, Spain.
Moiz Terem. Woody’s fan, book, film, and jazz lover, father of two. Tel Aviv, Israel.
Marise Thomspson. Music, movies, history, animals, and Woody Allen lover. I love to laugh. Ohoka, New Zealand.
María del Pilar Trujillo. Life lover, meat lover, wine lover, salsa music lover, Woody Allen art lover. Bogotá, Colombia.
Elisabeth T. Walker. Inspirational artist-writer-performer-activist-mystic. New Haven, CT, USA.
Gizem Yenikler. Writer, art, theatre and music lover, cinephile, traveller. Izmir, Turkey.
Kiana Zanetti. Musician, poet, cinephile, Woody’s fan. Montréal, Canada.
Yulia Zharkaya. Founder of vk and Woody Allen fan. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Evelyne de Zilah. Student, cinephile, book-eater, discreet, thankful for Woody Allen’s Art. Creuë, France.
To Rome With Love (2012). Dir. Woody Allen
Jerry (Woody Allen): “Don’t analyze me, Phyllis, okay? You know, many have tried and all have failed. My brain doesn’t fit the usual id-ego-superego model!”
Phyllis (Judy Davis): “No, you have the only brain with three ids.”
Yesterday I watched with my kids To Rome With Love, by the genius Woody Allen, for the 100th time. Such a great movie! Hilarious, amusing, and cool: full of jokes and funny moments.
Woody manages (as always) to tell his story with humour, deep, jokes and more. This time he tells 4 stories, all amusing and imaginative.
I love that Woody is in the movie, accompanied by the great and beautiful Judy Davis. When they first appear, in the plane, we already get Woody’s philosophical humour. He says to Judy: “I can’t unclench when there’s turbulence. You know, I am an atheist.”
My favorite character is Leopoldo Pisanello, played brilliantly by the hilarious Roberto Benigni. We laugh every second that he’s in the movie. The Italian actors Alessandro Tiberi (Antonio, Milly’s husband), Alessandra Mastronardi (Milly), Antonio Albanese (the famous actor Luca Salta), and Riccardo Scamarcio (the hotel burglar) are all hilarious. The legendary Ornella Muti appears 10 seconds in the film.
Fabio Armiliato is a very well-known opera tenor singer who plays the role of Giancarlo beautifully and sings amazing (in the shower). Armiliato has had leading roles and sung in the most prestigious opera houses of the world (Metropolitan Opera House of New York, La Scala in Milan, and L’Opéra de Paris).
Alec Baldwin is great as always. Jesse Eisenberg plays to the perfection the role of a shy and confused young man. Penélope Cruz is wonderful and beautiful as always. Alison Pill (Hayley)’s performance is very fresh, and Flavio Parenti (who is Michelangelo, Hayley’s fiancé) is great in his role as an angry ultra left-wing young man. Monica Nappo plays amazingly Pisanello’s humble wife.
Since Page and Gerwig opportunistically stabbed Woody right after the world saw Dylan Farrow’s crocodile’s tears in January 2018 (she’s been trying to destroy Woody with her prefabricated story for ages), I can’t stand watching them onscreen. Their treason, hypocrisy and opportunism will be always remembered (unlike their acting). Nevertheless, the lines that Woody wrote for them are really good.
The cinematography of the film is really beautiful. Cinematographer Darius Khondji (born in Iran but majored in Film at New York University) worked previously with Woody in Anything Else (2003) and Midnight in Paris (2011) and would go on working with Woody in two other films: Magic in the Moonlight (2014) and the masterpiece Irrational Man (2015). Other great works of Khondji include Delicatessen (1991), La cité des enfants perdus (1995), Alien: Resurrection (1997), and Amour (2012). He also worked as a cinematographer in many videos of Madonna.
To Rome With Love is rated in IMDB “restricted”. I really don’t know why. Maybe because Penélope plays a prostitute? Well, as we all know in the States it’s OK to watch movies with thousands of bombs, guns, and killers, but love and sex are more dangerous and always restricted. Funny country…
To Rome With Love is another Woody Allen gem. A fresh and funny film, packed with jokes, beautiful long shots, great writing and a wonderful cast. 10/10
The worst: that Page and Gerwig contaminate the film (two ungrateful hypocrites who opportunistically stabbed Woody) .
The best: all the funny moments, Woody, the great Judy Davis, Roberto Benigni, and the cinematography.
We love you, Woody!
Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, August 27, 2018