Thursday, 21 June 2012

-8�. Woody Allen's To Rome With Love, Reviewed. [Grierson & Leitch]

1. One of my favorite Roger Ebert quotes goes like this: "The Muse visits during the act of creation, not before. Don't wait for her. Start alone." That's to say: To create great work, you must first work. Not everything you create will be perfect; in fact, most of it won't be. But you can't wait for inspiration to strike. You have to just plug, plug away until you land on something great. Woody Allen was once asked how he comes up with so many jokes. He said (and I'm paraphrasing): "I have no idea. When I write something funny, I laugh, because it's the first time I've seen it. But I have no idea how it got there. I just was writing and then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, there it is." This has essentially been Woody Allen's career for the last 15 years. He toils away, making a movie a year, no matter what, and sometimes he stumbles across something truly inspired (Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Sweet & Lowdown), but most of the time he has a few three-quarters-baked ideas that don't add up to much but are still interesting to listen to and absorb. More »


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