|Rome if you want to.|
If I was to rate each of these stories on its own, I'd give the architects a 4/5; the love triangle is the oldest story in the book, but the young student's disappearing-reappearing mentor is a refreshing conceit. I'd give the newlyweds a 3/5: the coquettish Milly is allowed to surprise us, and Penelope Cruz is amusing as the hooker Antonio forces to impersonate the absent Milly at his important business meeting. I'd give the opera singer 2/5: it's a one-note gag (pardon the pun) strained to the breaking point, but Woody Allen and Judy Davis are at least diverting as bickering retirees. And I'd give Benigni's famous/not-famous switcharoo a 1/5: it's briefly entertaining, but there's really no story here. Even if this is how Allen feels about fame deep down -- that one day you just wake up and the entire world wants to know what you had for breakfast -- he might have been better off venting his frustrations to his shrink than to paying audiences.
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