From "8 1/2" to Nine: Yeston-Kopit's Musical Inspiration Honored at Film Forum

News   From "8 1/2" to Nine: Yeston-Kopit's Musical Inspiration Honored at Film Forum Fans of Nine, whose revival will begin at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill March 21, can see where the musical all started as New York City's Film Forum presents "Fellini: I'm A Born Liar," April 2-15.

Director Federico Fellini and his film "8 1/2" were the inspiration for the Maury Yeston-Arthur Kopit musical in which a film director is haunted by all the women in his life and a dwindling career.

The 105-minute documentary "Fellini: I'm a Born Liar" features interviews with some of the legendary auteur's contemporaries including Donald Sutherland, Terence Stamp, Roberto Benigni and Italo Calvino. Fellini himself appears in the film musing about women, cinema, actors, marriage and more — interviewed months before his death in October of 1993.

The film is directed by Damian Pettigrew and is in English and Italian with English subtitles. The First Look Pictures Release includes clips the maestro's most revered films, "8 1/2" and "La Dolce Vita."

"Fellini: I'm a Born Liar" will play at Film Forum, West Houston Street (West of Sixth Ave.) with five screenings daily. For more information, visit www.filmforum.com.

Nine, starring Antonio Banderas as filmmaker Guido Contini, opens on Broadway April 10. The Roundabout Theatre Company staging is directed by David Leveaux. The cast also includes Chita Rivera, Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski and Mary Stuart Masterson. For tickets to Nine at the O'Neill, 230 West 49 St., call (212) 239-6200 or click here.