‘I have some regrets’


‘I have some regrets’

WOODY ALLEN has long been considered a genius of U.S. cinema with a list of writing credits dating to the 1960s and ‘What’s New Pussycat,’ as well as directing ‘Sleeper,’ and ‘Hannah and Her Sisters.’ He won the best director Oscar for 1977's ‘Annie Hall’ and was nominated for writing 2005's ‘Match Point.’

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Published: Sun 17 Aug 2008, 7:01 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:50 PM

In recent years, critics have spurned much of Allen’s work. But that is not true of his newest romantic comedy, ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona,’ which opens in the United States on Friday and has earned good reviews.

The movie tells of the romantic affairs of two American tourists (Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall) and two Spanish artists (Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem). Allen took a few minutes to talk about the film and his life.

You used to shoot only in New York and more recently have filmed in London. So, why the change to Barcelona?

I had a germ of the story and I knew it could work in an exotic city. Barcelona started saying, ‘We’ll finance a film. Come and do it.’ I bet the story would work fine in Barcelona. It doesn’t have to be Paris, doesn’t have to be Rome. Barcelona is now one of the most enchanting cities in Europe.

And Penelope Cruz came to you about her role as the eccentric - some might say crazy - artist.

She came by my work and said she knew I was doing a movie in Spain and that she’d love to participate. She’s so beautiful and such a strong actress. I thought I should sign her now while she’s interested before she changes her mind.

Has getting out of New York and working in cities like London and Barcelona broadened your storytelling?

It has, because just going to a foreign country and having a completely different atmosphere. The fact that, in this one, you are dealing with people who don’t speak your language, it forces you to come up with ideas that are very different. I couldn’t have done ‘Match Point’ in Spain.

Part of what the movie is about is people living with unfulfilled wishes. Do you think most people live that way with desire for things they wanted to do or should’ve done?

Yes, A large number of people want something more out of life, and they don’t know exactly what it is. They know there’s got to be something more out there, something more interesting, something more romantic, more passionate, more fulfilling.

It’s sad.

I always have had a very sad view of everything - that’s always been a criticism, for better or worse, of my comedies. When I was a stand-up comedian, there was some kind of melancholy element. Certainly when I started making films, it was always pointed out that it had a sad element to it.

Do you see yourself with any dreams unfulfilled?

Certainly I have some regrets in my life. I was lucky that I got into a good relationship - the best relationship of my life - in my later years.

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