At first, it seemed unreal — Woody Allen leaving his beloved Manhattan to make movies in Europe.
But by 2005 a set of circumstances — his declining box-office earnings, Hollywood's shift to bigger-budget pics, the rising cost of shooting in New York and financial backing from European film companies — lured Allen across the pond. Seven of his last eight films have been shot in Europe, and Allen employs the same skilled eye that captured the glory of New York to bring us the iconic beauty of some of the world’s greatest cities, including Rome in To Rome With Love hitting theatres on July 6th.
To Rome With Love (2012) is Allen's latest rom-com. Told in four vignettes, the film centers on the romantic escapades of native Italians and Americans visiting the city. Here, Allen directs a scene starring Flavio Parenti and Alison Pill.
Midnight in Paris (2011) won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Allen's depiction of an American writer (Owen Wilson) who travels back in time and meets writers and artists from 1920s Paris, including Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. Wilson is seen here walking along the Seine in a photo very similar to one most tourists who've visited Paris have in their photo albums.
Allen shot four films in London — Match Point (2005), Scoop (2006), Cassandra's Dream (2007) and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010). In this pic from You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Helena (Gemma Jones) chats with Jonathan (Roger Ashton-Griffiths), the owner of an occult book store. In reality, it's the Stephen Foster Bookshop, located in London's Lisson Grove district.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) saw Allen set up camp in picturesque Barcelona to tell the story of two Americans — Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) — who fall for Spanish artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem). Allen shot this scene of Vicky (left), Vicky's relative Judy (Patricia Clarkson) and Cristina — at the city's Parc Güell, designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudí, and that's Gaudí's Sagrada Família basilica in the background.
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Allen's cinematic New York is a place where people carry on in-depth discussions while walking its recognizable streets, live in marvellous apartments, eat at great restaurants and treat the city like it's their very own playground. No other image captures Allen's love of the magical city better than this black-and-white pic from Manhattan (1979) in which Mary (Diane Keaton) and Isaac (Allen) watch the sunrise over the Queensboro Bridge.