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Woody Allen's film ode to Rome

Woody Allen's new film is to be called To Rome With Love, it has been announced.

The director's comedy, set in the romantic Italian capital, stars Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Roberto Benigni, Greta Gerwig and Judy Davis, and was originally titled The Bop Decameron and most recently Nero Fiddled.

Now Sony Pictures has announced in a press release the film's new title.

It said: "To Rome With Love was a name selected as an homage to the eternal city of Rome, where the film was shot on location last summer. This will be used for its worldwide release.

"The film's former title, Nero Fiddled, while an appropriate and humorous phrase in the US, is not a familiar expression overseas and many international territories preferred a more globally understood name."

The ensemble comedy has been written by Woody, based on an Italian classic text. It 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".

Woody is also reportedly set to play a role, appearing as one half of an American couple who travel to Italy to meet the family of their daughter's fiance.

To Rome With Love continues his love affair with Europe, following on from Midnight In Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and several films made in London.

But the Manhattan director said last year: "I would love to make another film in New York. It's a fabulous city to work in, because there are a million things to do here and a million stories to tell.

"There's also the advantage of being in your own home. I like having my own bed, shower, house and more of my surrounding pharmaceuticals."

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