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Nine (2009)

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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 56 nominations. See more awards »

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Romina Carancini ...
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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

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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

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25 December 2009 (USA)  »

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Untitled Rob Marshall Project  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£44,443 (UK) (18 December 2009)

Gross:

$19,673,424 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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2.35 : 1
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When Judi Dench was cast, her manager (who also manages Daniel Day-Lewis) sent the script to him, and he in turn called up the director Rob Marshall. Marshall stated in an interview that he thinks Day Lewis is the "best" actor around, and that he never considered offering him the part because he didn't think he would take it. Day Lewis himself was keen to take a break after his last film, but said he knew that making the film would be an unbelievable experience. See more »

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Guido Contini: [singing] Nothing holds together, nothing makes a bit of sense now. Impossible to grasp or understand. How can I go on to watch the whole of my existence end up being nothing that I planned?
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Featured in 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) See more »

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Quando Quando Quando
Written by Tony Renis and Alberto Testa
Performed by Marco Liotti
Produced by Daniele Luppi and Matthew Rush Sullivan
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Another excellent adaptation from Rob Marshall
23 November 2009 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

The film is beautiful, visually stunning, and exciting, and the cast is remarkable, especially Penelope Cruz (no surprise there), Marion Cotillard (her singing is wonderful), and the gal who blows the doors off -- an unrecognizable (to me, anyhow) Fergie! I was watching the credits to see who the hell played Saraghina, and was stunned to learn it was Stacy Ferguson. Go Fergie! Judi Dench is a smash as well. Nicole Kidman doesn't reveal anything we haven't seen before, but she does bring the large dollop of Movie Star shine for which her role calls. Even Kate Hudson pleases; her 60's go-go dance will inevitably bring comparisons to her mother's "Laugh In" heyday.

Having said all that, I honestly don't know who is the audience for this film. "Nine" was hardly the Broadway smash that "Dreamgirls", or "Chicago" was, and the score is entirely obscure. Additionally, do most people really care about the trials and tribulations of a self-involved, duplicitous 1960's-era Italian filmmaker? Does it matter? Do you have to actually like the protagonist to learn something from his experiences? Box-office-wise, this picture is going to live or die on the reviews, and people's interest in seeing these actresses shine. (I read here that Renee Zellwegger was under consideration for a role in this film... What a disaster that would have been!) And, of course, those who like seeing Daniel Day Lewis stretch new muscles (he chain smokes! He sings!) I enjoyed it very, very much... and now I'm very curious to see what the world thinks of it.


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