Woody Allen, my fear? The future of home cinema – Ultima Ora

The love for European cinema, the importance of the cinema, the dislike for TV series (“but my wife watches them”), the fear for the future of cinema that perhaps will only be experienced in the living room and, finally , also a new film to be shot in Paris that recalls Match Point. So at eight in the morning a Woody Allen, in a light blue shirt and even more fragile for his 85 years, talks about himself via Zoom to present his ‘Rifkin’s Festival’, in theaters from May 6 with Vision Distribution.
From the director, in the press meeting, never any reference to the delicate story of Dylan, his adopted daughter, who claims to have been abused by him as a child, except the denial on the reasons for the blocking of the distribution of the film in the United States, for many caused precisely from this story. “I think this film is just a victim of the pandemic. When it came out many distributors were going bankrupt because people were watching TV at home. There was, in short, a big change in distribution, but we have already received offers and in the United States they are. convinced that in the end we will see “. In Allen’s future then a new film: “I already have a screenplay ready to be made in Paris, but the pandemic has ruined everything. As soon as it starts again I hope to be able to go back there to shoot it. It is a film that I can only say that it watches a little bit at Match Point “. What about post-pandemic human relations? “I think they will stay the same as ever. Everything will be exactly as it was. There will be people who will no longer want to go into the office and work from home, but basically people will be the same as before. They will have the same wishes. The same ambitions. the same weaknesses “.
As for the difference between American and European cinema, the real hit of Rifkin’s Festival – which stars a former film history professor married to Sue, an elusive press officer – explains Allen from his Manhattan home: “I think the push the main feature of a film is its innovation, the type of artistic realization. From this point of view, cinema in the States has remained immature, mainly driven by profit. European films are ahead of American ones, both in the cinematographic technique than in the subject, and this is the big difference. So when I was young I wanted to see all the European films while the American ones seemed childish to me “.
Of his personal experience of the lockdown, explains the director: “For me it was not so different from before. In the morning I get up and do the same things: I write in my room and walk on the treadmill. When the pandemic arrived, many people are you go crazy because you are confined to the house, but it didn’t bother me. I’m permanent: I play my clarinet, do some exercises and write in the evening “. TV series? “I never watch them, but I know they are very well done, from what my wife, friends and sister tell me, but I prefer to watch sports, basketball, baseball or follow the news.”
Finally, words of appreciation for the new president of the United States: “I think Biden is a good president and is doing good things. I just hope he gets the cooperation of the opposing party that implements his ideas and this for the benefit of the United States all. . Of course, he arrived at a chaotic time, but now the pandemic is regressing also thanks to him, our cinemas, restaurants and schools are opening “. But his real fear remains the future of cinema. “Due to the health emergency, people stayed at home and thought they could do without the cinema.
What am I going to do at the cinema – they say – when I press a button to see the film in my house on my big screen with clear images and excellent acoustics? But how different is it to see the Godfather or The Blues Brothers together with 500 people in a dark room, rather than being at home on the sofa with the phone ringing! “.

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