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NINE - THE MOVIE - BASED ON 7-TIME TONY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL The soundtrack bonus tracks including: * Ron Fair Remix of "Cinema Italiano"- exclusive new song written for the movie-performed by movie cast membe... more »
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NINE - THE MOVIE - BASED ON 7-TIME TONY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL The soundtrack bonus tracks including: * Ron Fair Remix of "Cinema Italiano"- exclusive new song written for the movie-performed by movie cast member Kate Hudson is her premiere as a recording artist * "Unusual Way" by new Geffen Records artist Griffith Frank All-star cast on soundtrack album: Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Fergie (Stacy Ferguson), and Sophia Loren Plus bonus tracks by Fergie ("Quando Quando Quando"), Noisettes ("Io Baci, Tu Baci") The vibrant and provocative musical production NINE, premiered on Broadway in 1982 to critical acclaim (winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical), and successfully revived in 2003 (winning another two Tonys, including Best Revival), is the most hotly anticipated movie of the holiday season, directed by Rob Marshall, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Fergie (Stacy Ferguson), and Sophia Loren. The Weinstein Company film - which will include new songs by original composer-lyricist Maury Yeston that were not in previous stage versions - will open in New York and Los Angeles on December 18th, and nationwide on Christmas Day. The Ron Fair Remix of "Cinema Italiano" sung by the Oscar-nominated Kate Hudson marks the actresses' premiere as a recording artist. The song is one of Yeston's exclusive new compositions for the film. NINE follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini (Day-Lewis) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife Luisa (Marion Cotillard), his mistress Carla (Penelope Cruz), his film star muse Claudia (Nicole Kidman), his confidante and costume designer Lillie (Judi Dench), young American fashion journalist Stephanie (Kate Hudson), the prostitute Saraghina from his youth (Fergie), and his Mamma (Sophia Loren). The soundtrack album summarizes the story of NINE as indicated by the tracklisting:
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. The soundtrack album will also include four bonus tracks: 13. Quando Quando Quando (performed by Fergie)
14. Io Baci, Tu Baci (performed by The Noisettes)
15. Cinema Italiano (the Ron Fair Remix performed by Kate Hudson)
16. Unusual Way (performed by Griffith Frank) NINE was written for the screen by Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella. The movie is based on the original stage play, book by Arthur Kopit, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.
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Better than expected!
broadway309 | 12/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being an avid fan of the original Broadway musical, I was pleasantly surprised with the excellence of the movie soundtrack (and the movie, for that matter). As with Chicago, Rob Marshall et al. have taken a not exactly fantastic musical and turned it into a spectacular film. Even for those weary of the casting decisions (Kate Hudson? Fergie? Really?) should be enthralled.
Yes, several songs were cut- including my personal favorite "Be on Your Own". But anybody who is familiar with the musical knows these cuts were necessary, otherwise the film would have been 2.5 hours long and would not have appealed to a mass audience. The new Golden Globe-nominated song "Cinema Italiano" is a welcome addition, and is in fact the song I listen to most along with "Be Italian". Fergie deserves some major credit, by the way, as her provocative number is perhaps the most impressive of the entire film.
The entire cast does extremely well, and even for those with less than stellar vocal talents (Daniel Day Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench)- the lack of vocal strength is hardly noticeable when coupled with such strong character performances. Orchestrations are perfect and the fusion of the original and new material is beautifully crafted, making this one of the best soundtracks of the year.
Standing ovation all around!"
"Nine" a Solid 8 1/2
David Cady | Jersey City, NJ USA | 12/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Nine" has been a favorite musical of mine since Tommy Tune's electrifying original production back in the early 80s. It's not necessarily the most accessible show ever written - it's no "Fiddler on the Roof" -- but it pulsates with an infectious energy and theatricality all its own.
I can't think of a film director better suited to the material than Rob Marshall; from early clips, and this splendid soundtrack, it seems as if it's going to be great. Which is not to say that the album is a complete success. The good news is that Marshall has once again gotten terrific musical performances out of movie stars one doesn't necessarily think of as singers. Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson and Marion Cottilard all turn out to have great voices; their star turns are marvelously realized, with Cruz' definitive "A Call From the Vatican" outdoing both Anita Morris' and Jane Krakowski's Broadway versions (which is saying a lot). Oddly enough, Nicole Kidman, the one performer we've all heard sing before - in "Moulin Rouge" - comes off as bland and flat; I wish her blunt rendition of "Unusual Way" were more expressive and heartfelt. I'll reserve judgment on Daniel Day Lewis' Guido until seeing the film. On this recording, the performance seems a bit perfunctory and detached. But one can never underestimate an actor as skilled and subtle as he; there's likely far more to the portrayal than meets the ear.
I sorely miss some of the stage play's best songs, including "Only With You," "Simple" and, most particularly, "Getting Tall," which would seem to be indispensable to any production of "Nine," as it expresses Guido's personal epiphany. But one has to trust Marshall and see if his conceptualization of the piece justifies the cuts. I have a feeling they will. The new numbers Maury Yeston has written are, for the most part, successful, with the exception of the embarrassingly inept "Take It All." To quote Carol Channing from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," it's simply "tres lousay."
That "Nine" was ever filmed in the first place is a miracle. That most of it seems to have been done with the care and theatricality that the material deserves is a tribute to the skill and taste of Mr. Marshall. Can someone please get him to film "Kiss of the Spider Woman," perhaps with Ms. Cruz and Javier Bardem? Or how about "Follies" with most of his "Chicago" cast. That's something I'd dearly love to see happen."
Nine Is A Plus Ten!!
HP Cohen | 12/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WOW!! Having just returned from seeing the movie and having seen the Broadway production with Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera, et al--the movie blew me away. It is a first rate film beautifully directed by Rob Marshall and beautifully acted and sung by the entire cast! But this is not a review of the movie, but rather of the nicely produced CD, which captures all of the excitement of the film.
Sure there are tunes missing that were in the Broadway show and sure there are tunes added for the film. After hearing that a film was going to be made it seemed to me that it was next to impossible to capture what was on stage. But it has been accomplished.
Daniel Day Lewis sings well, as does Nicole Kidman. But it is Fergie and Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard who are the scene stealers in the voice department. All three do great work as singers and interpreters of Maury Yeston's fabulous score.
Dame Judi Dench does a nice rendition of Follie Bergere and Kate Hudson does well with one of the new additions written specifically for the film entitled Cinema Italiano.
The bonus tracks on the CD include a fine Fergie cut of Quando, Quando, Quando, which is in the film, but not done by Fergie. And a young singer named Griffith Frank does a nice reading of Unusual Way.
I highly recommend the soundtrack CD of this great Yeston score!"