Tommy Tune on Rob Marshall

'Nine' director receives praise for film musicals

Rob Marshall is a filmmaker plus. The plus is the gargantuan talent and technique he possesses for creating, not just films, but film musicals, contemporary film musicals. Today’s screen characters, rooted in a certain reality, can’t just burst into song when the temperature of a scene demands it. That could turn a heartfelt moment into a joke in these cynical times. Rob has conceived a whole new language to accommodate these transitions from acting to singing to dancing, with an alacrity that is deceptively natural. Tricky stuff. Life isn’t like this, but Rob pulls it off. In “Nine” there is not one jarring transition from scene to song to dance to scene. With this film he has taken his latest step up into this complicated, mysterious and difficult medium. However, I suspect, if you take away all this plus factor which Rob owns, you’ll discover simply a fine and sensitive film director who works straight from his heart. I feel this is the essential prerequisite for all great directorial work. And that’s the true plus of Rob Marshall.”

Tommy Tune helmed the original 1982 Broadway production of “Nine,” for which he won a Tony.

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