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PG 13 110 min


There sure seem to be a lot of movies with the number 9 in the title recently. Must be a coincidence but it might get a bit confusing, but this one is the one about human beings, if that helps.

If you’re old enough you’ll remember when the European experience was as cool as it got. In 1960, Fellini’s LA DOLCE VITA and others had America’s attention on the hip scene going on in old Italia. 9 years later he made SATYRICON, so I’m guessing that Rob Marshall’s nine relates to this film. Anyway this is a frantic tale of love art and fidelity set in the glamorous world of Italian filmmaking.

Guido Contini (Daniel Day Lewis) is the country’s most famous film director who seems to be losing the battle with mid life crisis.

The whole artistic community is mad for information about his much-awaited film but there’s more rumor than news. What’s driving Guido nearly crazy is the anxiety that stems from not only the writer’s block but also the near impossible task of reconciling his feelings about his wife, his mistress his mother (Sophia Loren) and his mortality.

All this is set against a backdrop of some pretty fantastic musical production numbers.

In the final analyses, I’d say NINE owes as much (or more) to Roy Scheider in ALL THAT JAZZ than SATYRICON, but you can make that call.

The production is spectacular and face it; how often will you find a song and dance number from Judi Dench? Add great performances by Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and even Fergie along with Lewis at the top of his craft ajnd you have a truly impressive film.





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