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Achtung! Woody Allen is going to shoot in the real Germany!

The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Woody Allen, now shooting "The Bop Decameron" in Rome, is strategizing to shoot his next film in Germany, at the Bavaria studios in Munich.

Plot and cast have not been revealed, but the prospect fills me with a bit of dread -- perhaps because of Allen's 1992 "Shadows and Fog," a lifeless art-cum-comedy thing shot in a New York studio but set in a nameless country that resembled the Germany of movies by Pabst, Murnau, and Fritz Lang. As an irritating nebbish named Kleinman, who gets caught up in a search for a mad killer, Allen anchored a farrago of generic art-house themes. Characters like a messed-up clown (John Malkovich) and a hyper-rational man of science (Donald Pleasence) either suffered the torments of love or tried to find the root of evil. John Cusack brought an affecting, lightly parodistic ardor to the role of a romantic, prematurely world-weary student—the kind of character who could have thought up this cockeyed pessimist of a movie.

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If Allen will be working in the same vein, let's hope he finds another Cusack -- or brings John back -- and makes him the center of his made-in-Germany movie.

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