From the creative team behind the Oscar-winning Broadway adaptation of Chicago comes a lavish feature take on the Tony award-winning musical inspired by Federico Fellini’s whimsical classic 8 1/2. Directed by Rob Marshall, Nine details the effort made by world-class filmmaker Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) in realizing his latest cinematic vision while simultaneously balancing his relationships with the many passionate and influential women in his life, including his mistress, Carla (Penélope Cruz), and wife, Luisa (Marion Cotillard). Original lyricist and composer Maury Yeston serves as co-executive producer for the filmed version of his own 1982 Broadway hit. Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Fergie, and Judi Dench co-star in the Weinstein Co. production.
Taking his cue from such profusely talented dancer/choreographer-turned-directors as Bob Fosse, former Broadway hoofer Rob Marshall made a scintillating leap into film with his directorial debut Chicago (2002).
Born in Wisconsin and raised in Pittsburgh, Marshall began his professional career at age 12 when he joined a local musical theater company. Though he took time off from college to join a touring company of the 1970s Broadway smash A Chorus Line, Marshall returned to school and earned a degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s musical theater program. Leaving Pittsburgh after school, he moved to New York City in the early ‘80s to join the ranks of Broadway “gypsies” vying for a place in the chorus. Marshall sang and danced in several Broadway shows, and worked his way up behind the scenes from dance captain to assistant choreographer. Marshall, however, suffered an injury while dancing in Cats; he subsequently decided to quit performing to concentrate on choreography. He… read more
Only people that love 8 1/2 will enjoy, as minimum as possible, this film which is an americanized attempt to do what the other film did better, and asking the same questions but not as much as the original did. No need to be done, but it was enjoyable (my favorite film is 8 1/2), but boring. Love the nods to Fellini's biography (Guido's drawings, eg.)
Not a perfect film, but damn enjoyable. Marshall's idea of having the songs in fantasy, in a soundstage, can be old (since he'd already done that in Chicago). But it works, the weakness here is the editing. All the performances are great. The moments between Dench and Day-Lewis are incredible, and Cotillard and Cruz are better by the second. Kidman doesn't have much screen time, but her performance is alluring.
As I've said, it's not a perfect film, but not near as awful as some people would have you believe. I believe the problem stems from misogyny and a disdain for woman-driven films. You can try to deny it, but it's been true since the earliest moments of film history, just ask George Cukor or other directors who focus on women or queer culture. For that matter, actually, ask any person whose film does not deal with straight, white males. Ranty, I suppose. But without meaning to be condescending, most of the individuals who would rather "stab their eyes with a fork rather than seeing this again" will more than likely have Christopher Nolan and David Fincher listed as their favorite "auteurs."
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This adaptation of the stage musical based on Fellini’s “8 1/2” makes me want to see the musical; not because the movie is good, but because it looks like the stage musical would be pretty good. The… read review
It’s no " 8 1/2 " and it doesn’t pack the punch of Marshall’s" Chicago" but I was entertained none the less. It is hard to really care about a director’s writers block interrupted by stagey MTV like… read review
Dieu que c’est mauvais ! On n’y croit pas un instant, ni à l’Italie de pacotille, ni aux chorégraphies qui semblent être sorties d’une boite à strip-tease américaine et encore moins aux acteurs ou… read review