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Nine is a 2009 American musical film directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay, by Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella, is based on Arthur Kopit's book for the 1982 Tony Award-winning musical of the same name, which was derived from an Italian play by Mario Fratti inspired by Federico Fellini's autobiographical film . Maury Yeston composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the songs. The film is scheduled to be released in the US on December 18, 2009, in New York and Los Angeles and open for wide release on December 25, 2009.

The principal cast consists of Academy Award winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, and Sophia Loren; Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Kate Hudson; and Grammy winner Fergie


Having reached the age of fifty, director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) is facing a midlife crisis that is stifling his creativity and leading him into a variety of complicated romantic involvements. As he struggles to complete his latest film, he is forced to balance the numerous formative women in his life, including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penélope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), a prostitute from his youth (Fergie), and his mother (Sophia Loren).




On April 12, 2007, Variety announced Rob Marshall would direct a feature film adaptation of Nine for the Weinstein Company. Marshall had previously directed Chicago for the Weinsteins while they were still at Miramax. The film is set to be co-produced by Marshall's own production company Lucamar Productions.


On April 4, 2008, it was reported that Nicole Kidman had replaced Catherine Zeta-Jones, who turned down the role when director Marshall refused to expand the role for the film. This will mark Kidman's first big-screen musical since Moulin Rouge!.

On May 14, 2008, Variety reported Daniel Day-Lewis was in talks to star in the film as Guido Contini, the film's lead character, after Javier Bardem dropped out due to exhaustion. Later, it was reported Day-Lewis sent producers a video of him singing and shocked them with his voice. On May 19, 2008, People reported the actor had landed the role. Antonio Banderas, who had starred in the Broadway revival said he was "disappointed" at not being cast, said that the trailer to the film looked great and only wished the "best" for everyone involved.

Variety also reported that Penélope Cruz auditioned for the role of Claudia but was cast as Carla, and that Marion Cotillard auditioned for Liliane but was cast as Luisa, and that Kate Hudson had also been cast. On July 18, 2008, People reported Fergie had been cast as Saraghina.

Katie Holmes and Demi Moore both auditioned for roles in the film.


Day-Lewis studied Italian for his role and frequently spoke the language in and out of character. According to music director Paul Bogaev, "One day during shooting at London's Shepperton Studios, "Rob and I got called into Daniel's dressing room, which was designed as a 1960s film director's office," says Sullivan. 'He's smoking a cigarette, in full outfit and in character, and he's telling us how he would like to see this number that he's performing. And he's talking to us as Guido Contini. It was a really surreal experience.' "

Rehearsals for the film began in August 2008, the songs were then subsequently recorded in late September and filming commenced in October at Shepperton Studios, London. The film had been set to shoot in Toronto, though once Day-Lewis signed on, the production then moved to London.Further filming took place in Italy, and at Cinecittàmarker Film Studios.

Nine's schedule required Kidman to begin rehearsals just four weeks after giving birth to her daughter.

The teaser trailer for the film was released on the 14th May 2009.


The Soundtrack is to be released by Geffen Records, on December 22nd.

Variety confirmed that three new songs had been created for the film by original Broadway composer Maury Yeston:

  1. Guarda la Luna (Look at the Moon), sung by Loren, a lullaby Yeston tailored specifically for Loren's voice (but based the melody on the song Waltz from Nine from the Broadway score);
  2. Cinema Italiano, a number which Kate Hudson performs which has "a retro feel, elements of '60s pop" that illustrates how important Italian cinema was in that era; and
  3. Take It All, originally written as a trio for Kidman, Cruz and Cotillard but, just before shooting, rearranged as a solo for Cotillard, according to music supervisor Matt Sullivan.

On November 14th, 2009 four songs from the film, "Be Italian", "Cinema Italiano", "Take It All", and "Unusual Way" were leaked to various websites.

  1. "Overture Delle Donne" (Female Ensemble)
  2. "Guido's Song" (Daniel Day-Lewis/Guido Contini)
  3. "A Call From The Vatican" (Penelope Cruz/Carla)
  4. "Folies Bergere" ( Judi Dench/Lillie)
  5. "Be Italian" (Fergie/Saraghina)
  6. "My Husband Makes Movies" (Marion Cotillard/Luisa Contini)
  7. "Cinema Italiano" (Kate Hudson/Stephanie)
  8. "Guarda La Luna" (Sophia Loren/Mamma)
  9. "Unusual Way" (Nicole Kidman/Claudia)
  10. "Take It All" (Marion Cotillard/Luisa Contini)
  11. "I Can't Make This Movie" (Daniel Day Lewis/Guido Contini)
  12. "Finale"

Bonus Tracks
  1. Quando Quando Quando (performed by Fergie)
  2. Io Baci, Tu Baci (performed by The Noisettes)
  3. Cinema Italiano (the Ron Fair Remix performed by Kate Hudson)
  4. Unusual Way (performed by Griffith Frank)


  2. Antonio Banderas and Laura Linney; Interview for The Other Man

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