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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Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest movie 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
"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 »
When Guido drives up to the Cinecitta film studios in his open top Lancia with his producer as passenger, parked outside (to left) is a (quite distinctive) two tone white and blue paint job rear-engined (flat front radiator) car (another Lancia?): as soon as they pull up inside the lot, as they exit the car and walk around the lot, camera pulls back to show an exact same (license plate same /similar) car parked on other side. See more »
While I believe people and critics will be mixed on this it is a very sold film. The story is limited (as in most musicals due to the large amount of time spent in song), however that's not a bad thing. The awkward part of the film is that all the female characters are fully drawn out characters with minimal screen time. Each character is basically given one song and possibly part of a second which all show a deep emotion. The actresses all created fully drawn characters with histories and emotional depth, but we as the audience don't see the development of any character except Guido which is unusual. I don't see that as a bad thing however I believe some will.
Visually this movie is brilliant and some moments are breathtaking. Each song has it's own unique look and feel. There are flashback style moments that have the feel of an updated French New Wave style. Anyone who loves films will find a lot to praise in this one! I felt the actresses were all solid save for Nicole Kidman who wasn't believable as the beautiful young goddess actress. She just seemed miscast. Marion Cotillard is amazing. Her emotional depth is undeniable and she has a very nice voice. Good old Fergie was also a pleasant surprise. She has the smallest part, but her musical number is energetic and visually amazing. I've never liked her music much, but her voice is perfect for this part.
I recommend watching Federico Fellini's 81/2 before this film as that is what it is based on and it will give you a little more background going in. Go in with an open mind and enjoy what's happening in front of you. Don't get bogged down in the lack of character history we see, just trust that the actors and actresses know the character histories and the emotions they are playing are honest and true.
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