Woody Allen's highly anticipated new film To Rome, With Love, premiered in the city where it was set on Friday and Penelope Cruz stole the spotlight dazzling in a pink, strapless Dolce & Gabbana gown.
The 37-year-old actress, who also stared in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, joined Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg and Roberto Benigni on the red carpet for the film's world premiere in Rome.
I give you my own interpretation of Rome in the film, and I don't pretend to have any insights about the culture or the politics, Allen said. We set out to make a film set in Rome that's entertaining to watch, and that's what we did, Allen said during a press conference at the event.
To Rome, With Love is Allen's seventh film in seven years set in a major European city, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Cruz disagreed with the criticism. He's wonderful, unique, a genius, and he always leaves me wanting more, since unfortunately I was on the set for To Rome With Love and Vicky Cristina Barcelona only for three or three and a half weeks each, said Cruz, I could spend hours on the set just watching him work, she added. I could go on and on, she added
Allen calls Rome a feast for a film-maker, according to Reuters. I grew up on Italian cinema. I have always been an enormous admirer of Italian cinema. Anything that appears in the movie that is redolent of Italian cinema is strictly something that I have absorbed through osmosis over the years and it comes out, Allen said speaking at the new conference in Rome.
It would have been impossible in the years that I grew up to not have been influenced by the Italian movies that came to New York. These are the films that I saw, my fiends saw, they were very impressive, he added.
To Rome, With Love is a romantic comedy comprised of four separate episodes of adventures and misadventures.