- Title: ITALY: FILM DIRECTOR WOODY ALLEN TOURS VENICE
- Date: 1st March 1996
- Summary: VENICE, ITALY (MARCH 1, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDE OF VENICE / LV GONDOLAS ON CANALS (4 SHOTS) 0.14 2. SV ACTOR WOODY ALLEN LEAVING WATER TAXI WITH HIS PARTNER SOON-YI PREVIN / BOATS (3 SHOTS) 0.32 3. SV ALLEN SPEAKING (ENGLISH) 0.55 4. LV ALLEN AND SOON-YI WALKING STREETS OF VENICE / TOURISTS (3 SHOTS) 1.12 5. SV EXTERIORS OF LA FENICE (3 SHOTS) 1.27 6. SV ALLEN TOURING REMAINS OF LA FENICE (3 SHOTS) 1.54 SEQUENCE 3 TRANSCRIPT: ALLEN: "IT (THE FENICE OPERA HOUSE) WAS AS BEAUTIFUL A THEATRE AS EXISTED IN THE WORLD. IT WAS IRREPLACEABLE AND THIS IS A HORRIBLE CATASTROPHE AND WE HAVE TO SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE IN THE FUTURE TO GET IT REBUILT." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: VENICE, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Duration: 00:01:57
- Story Text: U.S. film director Woody Allen pledged help and donations on Friday (March 1) to rebuild Venice's famous Fenice opera house which was razed to the ground early this year.
Allen, who arrived in the lagoon city to play the clarinet in a jazz concert originally scheduled at the Fenice, called the blaze which destroyed the sumptuous 18th century building "a horrible catastrophe." "It was as beautiful a theatre as existed in the world. It was absolutely irreplaceable...(but) it's over, it's been done. We have to see now what we can do in the future," he said.
Allen was in Venice with his companion Soon-Yi Previn. The couple later toured the remains of the Fenice theatre accompanied by the mayor of Venice Massimo Cacciari.
"All we can do from the concert is to donate proceedings to the Fenice. But you know there's so much money the Fenice needs, this is a drop in the bucket," Allen said as he walked through the paved streets of the historic northern Italian city.
The fire on the night of January 29 destroyed the tiered, scarlet and gold interior of the opera house, leaving only bare stone walls and a facade. Estimates put rebuilding costs at a minimum of 100 million U.S. dollars.
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