Just A Minute With: Woody Allen on nostalgia, scandal

Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:06am EDT
 
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Woody Allen examines nostalgia among other topics in "Midnight in Paris," the latest in his string of films set in Europe.

The movie transports its protagonist, played by Owen Wilson, back to the good old days of the Belle Epoque and 1920s Paris, and sees Allen concluding that, really, he would have been miserable during any age, golden or not.

Allen, 75, talked to Reuters about what he longs for, if he gets nostalgic about filming in New York and what he dislikes about technology and other modern pleasures.

Q. You still write your scripts on a typewriter?

A. "I don't own a word processor; I am not a gadget person."

Q. So have you escaped the likes of Twitter and Facebook?

A. "Twitter -- I have no idea what Twitter is. But Facebook I know, because I saw the movie and I liked the movie. So I know what Facebook is. And I have a website, which I have never seen in my life and have no idea how it works or what the point of it is, but people have done it for me."

Q. So how do you adapt to the world of iPods and iPads?   Continued...

 
<p>Director Woody Allen attends a news conference for his film "Midnight In Paris" at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>