Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I watched the movie Nine, Gentle Readers, based on the Broadway musical of the same name.

It has some big splashy fun production numbers that I really enjoyed.

However, the most interesting character was that of Luisa (Marion Cotillard), film director Guido Contini's (Daniel Day-Lewis) wife.

Once upon a time an actress in Guido's films, Luisa took on the role of Wife and lost her identity. To retrieve it, she must leave Guido.

That's the danger of marriage to a famous or celebrated person. You become the Nobody who accompanies him and is never noticed. People cannot be bothered with you. You feel embarrassed and ashamed all the time because you are in the way. Everything you say is judged as stupid, or when it's intelligent, it's attributed to him.

Anyway, the movie was fun and thought-provoking at the same time. All the women of Nine were great, including Kate Hudson, Fergie, and Penelope Cruz - who can do the most amazing moves with those long gorgeous gams of hers.

The women, however, are stereotypes who revolve around Guido Contini's Sun. The Wife, The Whore, The Mistress, The Muse, The Slut Reporter/Fan. No woman is a well-rounded character. No woman is all things, as Guido Contini is all things.

Something to think about.



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