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Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.



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Romina Carancini ...
Production Assistant / Female Dancer


Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands. Written by The Massie Twins

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This Holiday Season, Be Italian


Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Rob Marshall Project  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£44,443 (UK) (18 December 2009)


$19,673,424 (USA) (5 March 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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"Be Italian" is usually the epilogue to Saraghina's song "Ti Voglio Bene". The song was cut, but the melody can still be heard in the new orchestration for the movie. See more »


Luisa Contini: Thank you.
Guido Contini: What for?
Luisa Contini: Thank you for reminding me I'm not special. You don't even see what you do to me. Even the moments I think are ours, it's just... you working to get what you want.
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Referenced in RTL Film: Episode #9.11 (2010) See more »


Casa Sulitaria
Written by Roberto Murolo (as R. Murolo) and Nino Oliviero (as N. Oliviero)
Performed by Roberto Murolo
Courtesy of Iris Music
(c) 1952 by Edizioni Leonardi Srl - Milano
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1 February 2010 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Let me say off the bat that seeing Sophia Loren and Sophia Loren singing gave me a chill. That is quite a bit to get from a film. Chills. I knew I had to forget this was a musical adaptation of 81/2, but I couldn't forget the way I forgot that "Sweet Charity" was a musical remake of "The Nights Of Cabiria". Here the score is iffy and scarce and the story, translated into musical numbers is kind of shallow and, quite honestly, not enough. There are, however, moments to enjoy. The look of it is great, and Marion Cotillard makes something enormous from the little she was given. Penelope Cruz dances an erotic dance and Kate Hudson, well I don't quite know what she was doing. Nicole Kidman is starting to look like a wax work, what a pity! And Judi Dench is always fun. I was reminded she was a sublime Sally Bowles in the first London production of "Cabaret" - Daniel Day Lewis has been one of my favourites for a long time now but here he is far too pale, inside and out. I want to repeat that the whole thing is worth it just to have a glimpse of Sophia Loren singing. So, 6.

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