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Rob Marshall proud of latest film 'Nine'

December 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Director Rob Marshall says he feels like a proud papa now that 'Nine' is finally being seen."It was thrilling to make and, I have to say, an honor to work with this cast," said Marshall.

Marshall has "lived" with the making of the musical "Nine" for several years.

The re-imagining of the classic Fellini film "8 1/2" was first a Broadway musical. Now the unconventional story has finally come to the big screen.

"It doesn't have a classic narrative. We meet a man in crisis, an Italian film director in the 60s. He is going through a creative crisis and also a personal crisis and it's about moving forward, about learning how to begin again," said Marshall.

Marshall corralled an all-star cast to tell the story of "Nine." But many of his actors, including Daniel Day Lewis, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren and Marion Cotillard, weren't known for their singing or dancing skills. And that challenge is what Marshall enjoyed the most.

"What I love about doing musicals for film is that you have to rehearse and you have to create a company," said Marshall. "You have no choice because of the musical numbers and so forth. So we had six weeks of rehearsal and then two weeks of pre-records, and you create this wonderful bond with each other. It's fantastic."

"Nine" is rated PG-13 and opens in a few theaters in the Southland on Friday, Dec. 18. It will go into wider release on Christmas Day.