A new film in the autumn in Paris, but it will probably be the last, and without much desire: "The pleasure has passed, now that it is no longer released in theaters", said
Woody Allen, interviewed on Instagram Live by Alec Baldwin
, one of the few Hollywood actors who didn't ostracize the "Manhattan" director after his adopted daughter Dylan renewed allegations of molesting her as a child in 2017.
A subdued interview: fewer than three thousand followers connected on Baldwin's social profile, himself sidelined by Hollywood after the shooting on the set of the western "Rust" which cost the life of director of cinematography Halyna Hutchins last October.
The actor's goal was to promote "Zero Gravity", Woody's latest collection of short stories published in the US by Skyhorse, a publishing house specializing in "difficult" authors.
Composed of passages written years ago for the weekly 'New Yorker' and others during the pandemic, the volume in Italy came out with "La Nave di Teseo", but in the United States it was virtually ignored.
With a shaky internet connection that interrupted the live stream three times, Woody logged in from home, with a floral wallpaper in the background.
"What is Instagram?", He asked him, proclaiming total disinterest in social media: "I have a Facebook page - he explained - but others take care of it".
Absent from the chat are all the controversies that have put the two interlocutors on the sidelines of the entertainment world.
"I love you Woody," said Baldwin, whom Woody directed in "Alice", "To Rome with Love" and "Blue Jasmine", presenting the interview and anticipating controversy: "Let me immediately say that I have zero interest in the judgment of the people and in the self-righteous comments of those who think they are morally superior. If you think a trial should be conducted through an HBO documentary, that's your business. "
The allusion was to Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's "Allen vs. Farrow" docu-series in which Dylan's sexual harassment allegations were raised last year, but before that Woody had become "persona non grata" in Hollywood when Amazon had canceled a $ 68 million contract for four films, while the director's latest films struggled to find a distributor in the United States, and the Hachette publishing house refused to publish his memoirs.
Allen's 49th film, "Rifkin's Festival", released in May 2021 in Italy, made a splash in late January during a flash presence in American theaters.
Now, "maybe", he will shoot on 50 / o: "Filming abroad was a delightful experience, my wife loves spending months in Paris, London, Barcelona", said the director, alluding to Soon Yi, the adopted daughter of the ex-partner Mia Farrow with whom he will be married for 25 years in December.