Woody Allen's Rome-Set 'Bop Decameron' Now Called 'Nero Fiddled'
I guess Woody Allen finally figured out that The Bop Decameron didn't quite have the same ring as his other titles. Deadline reports the title to his Rome-set comedy starring Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Alison Pill, and Ellen Page will now go under the title Nero Fiddled, which sounds a little more up Allen's alley if you ask me. Always a poet when it comes to film titles, Nero Fiddled will mark the once New York City centric director's first film to be set and shot in Rome after his recent successful European filming experience in the City of Lights. Read on!
Fiddled follows Allen's widely successful Midnight in Paris, which is a hard film to find a detractor of (our own Cate Hahneman gave it a glowing 9 out of 10 in her review). Not much is known about the plot but my guess is that it is done in Allen's classic style of multi-story arced, character driven, dialogue heavy, rom-com-drams that only he can give us. Seems like it may be following a bit of the formula of Midnight in Paris, seeing how it too is set in a city of love (and why wouldn't he want to follow that formula a bit after Paris became his highest grossing North American release?).
As our own Ethan Anderton has noted, Giovanni Boccaccio's allegory from the 14th-century, called The Decameron, was comprised of 100 tales of "wit, practical jokes, and life lessons" about "love ranging from the erotic to the tragic." Sounds about right! The new title most likely refers to the infamous Roman Emperor Nero, who was rumored to have played the fiddle as Rome burned behind him (which is believed by Historians to simply be a myth). It was also said of Nero that he used people for a source of light at night...by burning them alive. Sounds like quite an allegory for love and relationships if ever I heard one!