After watching Nine, suddenly it’s easy to see how charming Guido really is. Although it’s written in the script that Guido is a “Casanova,” it isn’t until you watch the show in person where you realize how easy it is to fall for Guido. There’s a line in the story where minor characters who are fawning over Guido say how he makes you feel like you’re the only woman for him and the only person there.
Then, when you watch the wife and mistress watch themselves in a meta play within a play, you can see the magic spell become broken. Suddenly he’s not Mr. Charming, he’s a player. I absolutely loved watching the women see themselves in the play ask they just seem so betrayed and ashamed. These women then stare at each other, seeing not “the other women” but just another person who is a victim to Guido’s art. Suddenly it becomes evident that the only true love in Guido’s life is not any of the women, it’s his art and passion to create movies. Suddenly I understand Josh’s perspective, as he wrote on his blog that Guido is not simply selfish. If he was, perhaps he would have just continued his affair with all of the women and he would quit the film he was working on. Instead, you see him suffer for his art because he wants to create good films. The facial expressions and the charisma, these are things that no amount of writing can fully portray.