“Tourism is sin, and travel on foot, virtue.” Werner Herzog once said. Woody Allen is pooping crappy film over crappy film, shot on hipped up cities, and could learn a lot from his colleague film maker. After Barcelona, Paris and Rome, he is set to embarrass the film-buff community, as well as world travellers and explorers, once again. He now has his eye set on making a new feature film in Rio de Janeiro, “A Cidade Maravilhosa”, that is as fascinating as threatened by global mass tourism.The local governor — a morally dubious politician, necessarily — has already offered to pay the full expenses of the filming. We’re talking of a city that is kicking out local indigenous population to make room for shopping malls.
I weep for the city, and I weep for the man. Sometimes age brings wisdom, other times, embarrassment. Which will you turn to when you grow up?