Steve Futterman
February 20, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Nine

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
118 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/25/09
performer
Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren
director
Rob Marshall
distributor
The Weinstein Company
author
Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano
genre
Romance, musical

We gave it an C-

Mating open-form jazz improvisation with klezmer music, John Zorn’s band Masada has made some of the most rousing and individual recordings of the ’90s — Nine, featuring the exceptional trumpeter Dave Douglas, is another winner. Proving there’s nothing new under the sun, though, is the rereleased Paniots 9, a wildly inventive ethnic-music-meets-free-jazz excursion first recorded in 1963. Maneri’s uninhibited sax and clarinet work on Greek- and Jewish-inspired musical themes triumphs over this revelatory recording’s lo-fi sound. Both: B

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