My Husband Makes Movies
Nine is a horrific movie, but it's a great stage musical. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of 8 1/2 either, which is its source material. I respect Fellini, but I haven't felt the need to spend a lot of time there. Maybe if he sang more...
Louisa is married to Guido, a film maker, and laments the days when she had her own identity. Now she is wife to a famous, and famously philandering, icon. She's not sure where he ends and she begins anymore. I tried to reflect that in the composition. In the sketch, I tinkered with the idea of giving her no mouth, but her features are still somewhat ghostlike. The husband and wife share an arm. It's a little sophomoric, but while he's framing the world for an imaginary camera, she seems to be holding up a very, contemporary 'loser' sign. Instead, let's just assume she's assisting, helplessly. I don't believe they used the loser sign in Italy 40 years ago.
Posted by Wilson Swain