‘Is This What Happens With Matters of Real Significance?’

Today in the New York Times (9/15/10) Woody Allen was interviewed on his latest film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and had this to say about the state of journalism:

Q. Were you prepared for the firestorm of media coverage you set off by casting Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in your next movie, Midnight in Paris?

A. I was very surprised at the level of journalism that occurred in relation to her. She has a small part in the movie–a real part, but it’s a small part. And I shot with her the first day, and then all the papers said she was terrible, and I did 32 takes with her. Of course I didn’t even do 10 takes with her. This was just a magical number that some guy created in a room. Then they printed that her husband came to the set and was angry with her. He came to the set once, and he was delighted. He felt she was a natural actress and couldn’t have been happier.

Q. That would make a good blurb for the movie poster.

A. For some reason, the press wanted to say bad things about her. I don’t know if they had something against the Sarkozys, or it was a better way to sell papers. But the fabrications were so wild and so completely fake, and I wondered to myself, Is this what happens with Afghanistan and the economy and matters of real significance? This is a trivial matter. That’s a longwinded answer to your question: I was not prepared for the amount of press that was attached to the picture because of Madame Sarkozy.

About Deborah Thomas

Publisher of Extra! Magazine
Deborah Thomas is the publisher of FAIR's magazine, Extra!. For the five years before coming to FAIR, she was a publishing consultant and book designer. The publisher of Grand Street literary journal for ten years, she was art director of Dance Magazine, and worked on a variety of progressive magazines including Seven Days, Politicks & Other Human Interests and The Nation. Books include: Washington Babylon by Alexander Cockburn & Ken Silverstein, The Golden Age Is In Us by Alexander Cockburn and The Thirties' Years War by Andrew Kopkind, all for Verso; Uncivil War: Race, Civil Rights & The Nation 1865-1995, for Nation Books; New York Revisited by Henry James and Fortune's Child by Lewis Lapham, both for Franklin Square Press; along with over 200 other titles. Awards have included the Silver and Gold Folio Awards for Direct Mail in 1988 and 1990, and the Computer Press Awards for Best Newsletter in 1993.