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Posted: 8/25/09 at 7:22am
Nine


Great article from 'Variety'.

Oscar winners abound in 'Nine'

Can lightning strike twice? Rob Marshall, who took the seemingly unfilmable
Broadway musical "Chicago" to Oscar-winning heights in 2002, is expected by
many to do the same for "Nine," the Tony-winning musical adaptation of
Federico Fellini's semiautobiographical "8?."

"Nine," slated for a November release, stars Daniel Day-Lewis as fictional
'60s Italian cinema icon Guido Contini in the throes of midlife crisis,
along with a bevy of Oscar-winning actresses who alternately attract and
plague him, including Marion Cotillard (his wife), Penelope Cruz (his
mistress), Judi Dench (his producer), Nicole Kidman (his star) and Sophia
Loren (his mother). Kate Hudson (an American journalist) rounds out the
cast.

"Nine" composer-lyricist Maury Yeston was realistic about handing his baby
over to the movies. "It was incredibly important to understand that film is
a director's art, that (Marshall) be able to adapt this stage musical and
make a film independent of an overcontrolling Broadway author looking over
his shoulder," he concedes. "That's the very first thing I said to Rob."

Still, the film offered Yeston another chance to extend his lifelong
obsession with Fellini's classic. He began working on the musical in 1973,
won a Tony for its score in 1982 and tinkered with it for the 2003 Broadway
revival. Having worked with Raul Julia in the original and Antonio Banderas
in the revival, he was especially aware of "the impact of what some of the
casting choices might be on the score."

The result was three new songs:

a.. "Guarda la Luna" (Look at the Moon), sung by Loren. "We were lucky
enough to have someone who was part of that great period of Italian cinema,
who knew Fellini, who knew Marcello Mastroianni (Guido in the Fellini
film)," Yeston says. So he tailored a lullaby specifically for Loren's voice
(but based the melody on the song "Nine" from the Broadway score).

b.. "Cinema Italiano," for Hudson as a Vogue writer in Rome to interview
the director. "Italian movies also communicated lifestyle and fashion for
the world," Yeston says, so Hudson sings and dances to a number with "a
retro feel, elements of '60s pop" that is designed to illustrate to younger
audiences how important Italian cinema was in that era.

c.. "Take It All," originally written as a trio for Kidman, Cruz and
Cotillard but, just before shooting, rearranged as a solo for Cotillard,
according to music supervisor Matt Sullivan. "Heart-wrenching" is how Yeston
describes the performance by Cotillard (who won an Oscar playing Edith
Piaf).
"Rob's idea of a musical is that people don't sing to each other in real
life, so he doesn't want them singing to each other in his reality of that
life," Sullivan says. "So we go to a stage, and this is all happening inside
of Guido's mind and his fantasies. The way he sees his world is through
theatrics, through this music."

Music director Paul Bogaev's biggest job was working with the actors and
preparing them to record the songs before shooting. Cruz, for example, was
auditioned for the film star but wound up as the mistress; Cotillard
auditioned for the producer but was cast as the wife.

Bogaev conducted a 50-piece orchestra in London over three weeks in late
2008. "Rob didn't want it to be too slick," he recalled, telling the brass
section to play it rough, "like the Sicilian wedding band in 'The
Godfather.'" Italian film composer Andrea Guerra ("The Pursuit of
Happyness") has agreed to write the underscore.

Much of the speculation about "Nine" has dealt with star Day-Lewis: Can he
sing? "He's got a wonderful voice," Bogaev says. "He had never done anything
(musically) except sing in choirs, but he works harder than anybody." Bogaev
worked with him every day for weeks prior to recording.

But Day-Lewis is nothing if not a Method actor. One day during shooting at
London's Shepperton Studios, "Rob and I got called into Daniel's dressing
room, which was designed as a 1960s film director's office," says Sullivan.
"He's smoking a cigarette, in full outfit and in character, and he's telling
us how he would like to see this number that he's performing. And he's
talking to us as Guido Contini. It was a really surreal experience."



Updated On: 8/25/09 at 07:22 AM
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re: Nine#2
Posted: 8/25/09 at 7:49am
Love Nine. Love Yeston in general. Love the look of this cast. SOOOOOOOOO looking forward to this movie!
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Posted: 8/25/09 at 8:00am
this movie looks soo good and so hot! deffinitely one im looking foward to.
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Posted: 8/25/09 at 8:16am
I've a feeling this is going to be very very good!
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re: Nine#4
Posted: 8/25/09 at 8:21am
A 50 piece orchestra!!!!!!!
Oh please get me to that cinema NOW!!!!!
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Posted: 8/25/09 at 9:44am
I think Rob Marshall did a wonderful job on Chicago and I think Nine will top it. The concept that Marshall used in Chicago of potraying the musical numbers as Roxy's fantasties will work even better in Nine as half the scenes are Guido's memories and imagination.

I can see this being Oscar Bait but is has tough competition from The Lovely Bones and possibly Avatar.
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re: Nine#6
Posted: 8/25/09 at 2:42pm
Apparently no major film released this year has been shrouded with in much secrecy as 'Nine'

The distributors are in the habit of releasing films without giving any press screenings. However they would be foolish to apply this to 'Nine'

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Posted: 8/25/09 at 9:59pm
I saw this trailer before, online, and it was amazing, but today i saw it in the theatre and I was blown away. I absolutely had chills. I can't wait! And yes this is undoubtedly Oscar bait, it's been tailored for it.
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re: Nine#8
Posted: 8/26/09 at 4:33am
Sophia Loren looks amazing!
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re: Nine#9
Posted: 8/26/09 at 6:17am
Unfortunately, many of the scores original & best known songs have been cut. The score has been gutted. One number that is gone is "The Bells Of St Sebastian".
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