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Allen and Friedkin to direct opera

WoodyAllen.jpgWoody Allen is moving back to America for his next project, he's set to head to Los Angeles, and the most interesting part of the story is he's going to be directing an opera. Yes, Woody Allen directing an opera.

He's going to be taking part in a special part of the LA opera season as two filmmakers take on the three one-act operas of Puccini's Il Trittico. Woody Allen will be directing Gianni Schicchi, with William Friedkin directing Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. It would have been even nicer if they could have had three film directors for the three pieces, but this is still a very interesting match.

Allen's comments through Yahoo News are perhaps the most illuminating.

"I have no idea what I am doing," Allen said in a statement Thursday. "But incompetence has never prevented me from plunging in with enthusiasm."

Well that will make it interesting! I do hope that these are filmed in some way and are available on DVD, in fact high definition audio would be superb for this. Perhaps offering another, more traditional version of the opera to watch alongside the filmmakers.

It certainly sounds an interesting project, and one I think Allen could pull off, but William Friedkin directing two, now that's a tad more interesting.



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