NINE @ 924 BROADWAY

Fellow Movie Buffs and Film Club Members:

Summer and Fall are having a wrestling contest, as we continue to mow our lawns, but need our jackets of a morning now. This Friday, September 10, 2010, the Tacoma Film Club continues with its movie theme of “Soul searching and introspection.” Members turned out in healthy droves last week for the showing of Fellini’s 8 1/2. Now you get the opportunity to come and view Rob Marshall’s hit musical NINE (2009), so that you can compare it to the Fellini classic, and enjoy its incredible music and color; a veritable carnival of flesh, dance, and song. The TFC has not screened a musical in its 7 seasons of presentations, and now we can test the cinematic waters with a Broadway musical brought to the screen by a director with the energy and talent to make it work, a director who won awards for the stage play, the director of CHICAGO (2002), and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005).

Director Rob Marshall has been nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award six times: as Best Choreographer, in 1993, along with collaborator Vincent Paterson, for “Kiss of the Spider Woman–The Musical;” in 1994, for “Damn Yankees!” and also for “She Loves Me;” in 1998 for “Cabaret;” and in 1999 for “Little Me;” and as Best Director (Musical), with collaborator Sam Mendes, for “Cabaret.” He has yet to win. He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Theatre Choreographer of the 1997 season for “Damn Yankees!”.

Directed 5 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Renée Zellweger, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Penélope Cruz. Zeta-Jones won for her performance in Chicago (2002).

Rob Marshall said, “As a director, you should choose a project that will educate you and enrich your life, because you’re going to be doing it for two years.”

NINE (2009)

Directed by Rob Marshall @ 118 minutes.

The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, and Stacy Ferguson.

Synopsis: Famed film director Guido Contini has to confront a mid-life crises just ten days before the filming is supposed to start on his next film, “Italia”. Reflecting on his own life, all the women he has known, many of them still surrounding him–move him emotionally toward the inspiration necessary to launch the film.

This film is based on the 1982 Broadway production that won (5) Tony Awards including “Best Musical”. This movie was nominated for (4) Oscars and (4) Golden Globes.

Roger Ebert wrote, “Fellini’s great films are essentially musicals. I could watch a Fellini film on the radio.”

Liliane La Fleur: [adjusting the collar of Guido’s suit] You’re a world class liar, darling. Go out there and lie for Italy. Lie for Italia.

Trivia: Actor Javier Bardem was set to star as Guido Contini but dropped out due to exhaustion. He decided to take a full year off to recuperate. After Catherine Zeta-Jones left the project, actresses Amy Adams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway were considered for the part of Claudia. Before Nicole Kidman was cast as Claudia, immediately after Catherine Zeta-Jones turned down the part, both Demi Moore and Juliette Binoche were auditioned for that role. Nicole Kidman began rehearsals just four weeks after giving birth to her daughter.

The original Broadway musical opened May 9, 1982 at the 46th Street Theater and ran for 729 performances with Raul Julia as Guido. It won five Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Featured Actress. The latest Broadway production, starring Antonio Banderas as Guido, opened on Apr 10, 2003 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and ran for 283 performances. It won two Tonys: Best Revival of a Musical and Best Featured Actress. Banderas turned down the chance to reprise his role as Guido in the film version. George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Antonio Banderas (who took Guido’s role in 2003 Broadway revival, and was nominated for a ‘Tony Award’) were considered as possible Guido.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Judi Dench had previously worked together onstage in a 1989 production of “Hamlet”, as Hamlet and Gertrude. Day-Lewis infamously broke down during a scene and abruptly left the stage, never to return. Before filming began for “Nine”, Day-Lewis sent Dench a note saying, “I promise not to run out on you this time.”

Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times wrote: “As Marshall did very well in “Chicago,” he tries again in “Nine,” giving the film’s action a life that is both cinematic and stagy, and I mean stagy in a good way. He begins by taking the aesthetic power of a story unfolding on stage with its mostly static sets and lots of dramatic lighting.The scenes with Day-Lewis on a soundstage — all that yawning space just waiting for a vision — are beautiful.”

The performance lengths of all 7 of the ladies:

• Marion Cotillard: 17 Minutes & 16 Seconds

• Penelope Cruz: 12 Minutes & 26 Seconds

• Judi Dench: 11 Minutes & 28 Seconds

• Nicole Kidman: 10 Minutes & 16 Seconds

• Kate Hudson: 8 Minutes & 41 Seconds

• Fergie: 7 Minutes & 39 Seconds

Sophia Loren: 4 Minutes & 11 Seconds

Peter Travers of The Rolling Stone wrote:”Rob Marshall’s flawed but frequently dazzling Nine is a hot-blooded musical fantasia full of song, dance, raging emotion and simmering sexuality. With an indisputably gifted actor playing ringmaster to such feminine life force, what’s not to like? The challenge for Marshall, following his Oscar-winning Chicago, was to bring another hallucinatory musical to the screen without repeating himself or dimming the material’s blazing, untamed theatricality.”

So come join us this Friday, September 10, 2010, and watch the film that was missed by many in the theaters, NINE (2009). We will screen it a the TFC Meeting Hall, located at 924 Broadway, at street level in the Pythian Temple, across the street from Theater on the Square, in the beating heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. We had a lot of success with the new set up for the screenings, holding the meal and fellowship in the inner room nearest the kitchen, and setting up the chairs in the outer room in theater rows for the screening of the film; giving us more specific focus for each separate event for the evening. Come early and join those of us already on the premises for the food, fellowship, and fun. The Phantom Director and Farishta will prepare a meal, as is our custom, and it will be ready to serve by 6:15 pm. It has worked well that members who want to may bring bread, wine, cheese, or desserts to add to the re-paste. We will offer the Club Raffle at one small dollar per ticket, with the winners receiving either 40% of the gathered revenue, or a classic DVD from my personal collection. Then will have announcements and my introduction for the film of the evening. The screening for NINE will be around 7:15 pm. The movie runs 118 minutes, so it should roll end credits near 9:15 pm. See you at the  movies!

Glenn

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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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