Last time we heard from Woody Allen, he complained that he could no longer afford to shoot films in New York, his former exclusive canvas. In an interview with his new hometown newspaper La Republicca, Allen divulged he’ll shoot his next film in Rome: “I love these sophisticated cities,” he enthused. “It’s fantastic to have the possibility to work there, like when I shot Manhattan in New York, Match Point in London and Vicky Cristina Barcelona in Barcelona … Each time, it’s like a declaration of love for certain places. I project onto the big screen my feelings for places which count a lot in my life. I hope to do the same thing with Rome.”

While some Gotham-ites might react bitterly to seeing Allen so far from home, I think his films got dramatically better when he left New York and that his writing and shooting have been revived considerably by the change in locale.