This Holiday Season, Be Italian
Director: Rob Marshall
Screenwriter: Michael Tolkin, Anthony Minghella
Daniel Day-Lewis (Guido Contini), Penélope Cruz (Carla), Marion Cotillard (Luisa), Nicole Kidman (Claudia Jenssen), Judi Dench (Lilli), Sophia Loren (Mamma), Kate Hudson (Stephanie), Stacey Ferguson (Saraghina)
Filming Dates: October 10, 2008 - January 30, 2009
Theatrical Release: France: March 10, 2010 / US: December 18, 2009 / UK: December 18, 2009
DVD Release: France: TBA / US: TBA / UK: TBA
Based Upon: Broadway Musical (Arthur L. Kopit, Maury Yeston, Mario Fratti)
Genre: Musical, Romance
Runtime: 118 minutes
MPAA Rating: France: unknown / US: PG / UK: unknown
Passion, fantasy, lust, love, art, style, delusions, dreams – life has always been a circus for world-famous 1960s movie director Guido Contini (DANIEL DAY-LEWIS) . . . only now he can’t escape it in the vibrant and provocative dramatic musical, NINE.
Renowned for his brilliant moviemaking and desired by many, Guido is about to kick off production on his highly anticipated ninth picture, ITALIA, when, suddenly, the bottom drops out of both his ample creative powers and his fervid love life, as they simultaneously unravel out of control.
Surrounded by a panorama of astonishing women-his tempting mistress Carla (PENÉLOPE CRUZ), his devoted wife Luisa (MARION COTILLARD), his muse Claudia (NICOLE KIDMAN), his costume designer and confidante Lilli (JUDI DENCH), a flirty journalist from Vogue (KATE HUDSON), an instructive prostitute from his childhood (STACY FERGUSON) and his beloved Mamma (SOPHIA LOREN) – Guido searches for inspiration and possible salvation amid the free fall.
As he does, the historic Stage 5 at Cinecitta Studios in Rome is lit up by Guido’s most evocative desires, memories and dreams-which transform into dynamic, expansive musical fantasies-as NINE draws ever closer to the moment when Guido must overcome his demons and call “Action!”
Marion Cotillard plays Luisa, Guido’s long-devoted and long-suffering wife. Luisa was once his leading lady, and is still the woman Guido can’t live without, but now she has taken a back seat to the many other temptations in his life. She is acutely aware there will always be a price to pay for loving a creative artist like Guido, as she confesses in her number, “My Husband Makes Movies” and the new, heart-wrenching number “Take It All”-but his behavior brings her to the brink of a momentous decision.
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Quotes from Marion
Luisa was an actress when she met Guido. I think she dedicated her life to him, because their love was stronger-at that time-than her ambitions as an actress. Now she feels she has given everything to this man. In the time they have been together, Luisa has accepted many things about Guido. He is a director. He loves women. He needs women. He takes love and energy from these women. He needs Luisa, but he doesn’t fully realize that she must have something in return. Luisa gives everything to Guido, but she has reached a crossroad where she has to decide.
Quotes from Others
“Take It All” was originally going to be a trio for Cotillard, Nicole Kidman and Penélope Cruz but when that felt at odds with the narrative, Rob and John came up with a premise for the song that completely opened a new world for me. It was a chance to give the marvelously talented Marion Cotillard a heart-wrenching, soul-searing performance number and that is what she delivers in the film.
• Maury Yeston (Composer)
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