About two weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly
announced in their fall preview that there would be three new songs in the film, without providing much more detail about them. Since then Playbill has released more details about the new songs:
I think they sound fascinating, especially "Cinema Italiano" and, after her stunning performance in as Edith Piaf, I am really looking forward to seeing Marion Cotillard in this film - especially if she has a number that is going to blow us away!
However, perhaps what is most interesting to read in the Entertainment Weekly
article is that there will be 12 songs in the film. With three new songs, that means that only 9 will be carried over from the original score, which means that about half the score will have been cut. The reason for this is as follows:
Personally, I'm getting very tired of that excuse and the technique of including musical numbers as a part of alternate realities is becoming old hat. People can be comfortable with characters singing on screen if it is set up and handled well, which is something that wasn't successfully done in Dreamgirls
. Neither do I believe that that was the sole reason that Dreamgirls
didn't grab a Best Picture nomination; the film had other fundamental flaws, which I've discussed elsewhere on these boards and briefly mentioned on my blog
But back to the songs that will appear (or not, as the case may be) in Nine
. We know that "Be Italian", "A Call from the Vatican" and "Unusual Way" are in the film, which leaves only 6 more possible inclusions. I wonder what else will be cut?
I suppose that, as Elliott has indicated elsewhere, the title song might be cut if a new song has been based on its melody, unless the new song been placed early in the film as something that will then develop musically into the title song. But that would mean one less spot for one of the other songs from the score.
"The Germans at the Spa" was cut in the revival, so maybe that's also an obvious one. Otherwise, I suppose it also depends on what they might be grouping together, for example: might "A Man Like You", "Unusual Way" and the subsequent duet be considered one sequence?
Anyone want to hazard a guess at which other numbers will remain or be cut?