By Josh Rottenberg
April 11, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

Magic In The Moonlight


For years, Woody Allen had kicked around the idea of a rom-com about an Englishman (Colin Firth) who sets out to expose a phony mystic (Emma Stone), only to end up falling for her. “I had it on a piece of notepaper in my drawer for ages,” Allen says. “I knew it was a good plot, but I kept seeing it as a contemporary thing and something about that just didn’t smell right to me. Then when it occurred to me it could be set in the south of France in the 1920s, all of a sudden it just felt good.”

For Marcia Gay Harden, who plays Stone’s mother and co-conspirator, shooting a Woody Allen film on the French Riviera certainly sounded good. “It was a no-brainer,” she says. “Working with Woody has been on my bucket list for years, and there’s nothing I love more than travel.” Allen is practically a travel pro; Magic is his eighth film shot overseas in the past decade. “By sheer accident, because I was getting European financing,” he says, “I’ve wound up being a foreign filmmaker.”

Magic In The Moonlight

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