The Film

“Nine” is brilliantly directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago).

Nine is based on Frederico Fellini’s “8 1/2”, Mario Fratti’s play “Six Passionate Women” and his adaptation of the musical “Nine”.

A stunning cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sofia Loren, Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Fergie, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz.

World Premiere at the Ziegfield Theater, New York City, December 15, 2009.

The Story of the musical “NINE’”

from an interview of Mario Fratti by
Paolo Di Vincenzo in the magazine “Centro” – October 2007

Q: We often read Mario Fratti’s “adaptation from the Italian”.  What does it mean?

A: Federico Fellini’s “8 ½” inspired my play “SIX PASSIONATE WOMEN” (life of F. Fellini).  I wrote the play  in 1974 in Italian.  Then I adapted it into English.
I then wrote the musical in English, of course, inventing a new plot: Mastroianni goes to Venice to shoot his messy film “Casanova”.  This work took seven years with Maury Yeston.

Q: Why did you choose the name Guido Contini for the protagonist?

A: I combined the names of Visconti and Fellini.  Yeston loved my choice and used that name in his songs.

Q: “Be Italian!”  That wonderful song sounds typically Fratti. Did you write it?

A: No. It is Maury Yeston’s. But it is interesting to tell young playwrights who
want to write musicals how collaboration works.  I wrote a funny, amusing
scene where SARAGHINA explains love and sex to eager young children. Maury
liked it but surprised me the next day with “Be Italian”.   He gave me a choice, diplomatically:  “Do we keep your scene or my song?”  The answer was obvious. We chose his great song.


Mario Fratti awarded Frederico Fellini 2009 Award for “Nine” in Chianciano, Italy
Chianciano Terme
Premio Fellini 2009
Il reconoscimento “Premio Fellini” 2009, viene assegnato a Mario Fratti per l’originalità e la creatività con le quali ha saputo far rivivere, in Nine, in un linguaggio diverso dal cinema come quello del musical, l’isprirazione felliniana, che è all’origine del racconto di un uomo perennemente trascinato dal proprio desiderio e dalla curiosita.

Il Direttore, Grazia Torelli