Film Review of Nine: A Handsome Hunk with a Beautiful Younger Wife, a Dearly Departed Mamma, Hot Muses, and Writers/Directors Block in the Movie Industry of Rome Between 1965 and 1967
A married writer/director finds himself so stressed over rampant skirt-chasing intrigues that he has no script for his upcoming film. Bit by bit, he loses the support which he initially has from colleagues, family, friends, and spiritual advisors. When he and his current mistress each strike bottom, will he ever bounce back and reclaim his career and his wife in the movie “Nine”?
Nine is a musical-romance film.
Temptations abound among entertainers. Resistance is strengthened – or not – by maturity and values. Both factors surface in Nine by writers Anthony Minghella and Michael Tolkin; producers John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, and Maury Yeston; and director Rob Marshall. Cinematography, editing, and music were respectively by Don Beebe; Claire Simpson and Wyatt Smith; and Andrea Guerra and Maury Yeston.
The film is based upon the same-named book/musical (1982) by playwright Arthur Kopit (born 1937) and the film 8-1/2 (1963) by director/scriptwriter Federico Fellini (1920-1993). The film lasts 115+ minutes. It was distributed by The Weinstein Company. It was released on December 18, 2009 in Los Angeles and New York and on December 25, 2009 to the public.
The movie begins with Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) suffering writer’s/director’s block over film #9. Costume designer Lilli (Judi Dench) and producer Dante (Ricky Tognazzi) encourage Guido. But muse Claudia Jenssen (Nicole Kidman) stresses Guido over scripts.
Guido applies humorous charm at a press conference. He bolts when forced to describe his recent films as “flops”. He stops at the Bellavista Hotel Spa.
Guido calls his wife (Marion Cotillard), whose birthday he forgets. He discourages Luisa’s company after she asks for his location. Mistress Carla (Penélope Cruz) returns Guido’s call while he is diagnosed for extreme stress.
Dante fits the production team into Bellavista’s banquet hall. Lilli invites Luisa. Guido relaxes … until Carla arrives for dinner. Luisa stomps off.
Guido has Carla leave without dinner. He makes Carla stay at a shabby pensione near the train station. Carla overdoses while Guido encourages and then abandons Vogue reporter Stephanie (played by Kate Hudson).
Guido comforts Carla until husband Luigi (Vincent Riotta) arrives. He joins everyone in Rome. Claudia refuses to continue without Guido’s love or script. Luisa runs when Guido loosens a new actress’ (Ilaria Cavola) hair and thanks her for her looks. Guido stops production.
Two film-less years later (1967), Guido asks Lilli about Louisa’s romantic involvements and stage career. He confesses to loving only Luisa. Lilli encourages Guido’s return to film.
The movie ends with Guido calling “Action!” to his ninth film while Luisa observes, unseen but smiling. He has everyone from before – including his Mamma (Sophia Loren) and childhood acquaintance/prostitute Saraghina (Stacy Ferguson). Now, he uses a script suggested by a Cardinal (Remo Remotti): reconciliation of skirt-chasing muses with family values and youthful experiences.
Nine bundles humor, poignancy, romance, and song-and-dance routines into happy endings.
Copyright: Friday, July 20, 2012, by Derdriu.