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Chicago: The Movie and Lyricsby Rob Marshall and Bill Condon
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A magnificent visual book in full color with over 120 photos about the making of the Academy Award-winning feature film Chicago, based on the award-winning musical by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse.
Everyone loves a legend, but in Chicago, there's only room for one. Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) burns in the spotlight as a nightclub sensation. When she shoots her philandering husband, she lands on Chicago's famed murderess row, retains Chicago's slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), and is the center of the town's most notorious murder case, only increasing her celebrity.
Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger), seduced by the city's promise of style and adventure, dreams of singing and dancing her way to stardom. Then Roxie's abusive lover tries to walk out on her, and she, too, ends up in prison. Billy recognizes a made-for-tabloids story, and postpones Velma's court date to take on Roxie's case. Infamy is Roxie's ticket to stardom. Billy turns her crime of passion into celebrity headlines, and in this town, where murder is a form of entertainment, she becomes a bona fide star — much to Velma's chagrin. As Roxie fashions herself as America's sweetheart, Velma has more than a few surprises in store, and the two women stop at nothing to outdo each other in their pursuit of fame and celebrity.
A new interpretation that takes the award-winning Broadway show into fresh and expansive cinematic realms, Chicago shifts adroitly from the reality of intrigue, rivalry and betrayal to spectacular fantasies of music and dance, offering tongue-in-cheek commentary on the cult of celebrity and the scandalous lengths to which people will go to attain it.
The lavish volume includes the illustrated story of the history of the musical/play Chicago, the complete screenplay by Oscar winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters), and fascinating behind-the-scenes photos and sidebars. 120 color photos.
"The Best Picture of the Year! Director Rob Marshall revitalizes the movie musical!" Mike Clark, USA Today
"A sexy knockout! Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones are hot, hot, hot! Richard Gere turns it on!" Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Book News Annotation:
This colorful book celebrates the movie musical Chicago with complete script and lyrics and some 180 color film stills and behind- the-scenes candid shots, as well as notes on production, costume renderings, production drawings, and special effects photos. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The official tie-in to the major Miramax release, this lavish illustrated moviebook contains over 120 behind-the-scenes photos about the making of the major feature film Chicago, based on the award-winning musical by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse.
Discusses the origins of the musical "Chicago" and the era on which it is based, recounts how the theatrical work was adapted to the screen and the production of the film, and presents the sceenplay and the lyrics of the songs.
About the Author
Rob Marshall, director and choreographer, previously directed and choreographed the award-winning Disney/ABC musical Annie and co-directed the Kander/Ebb musical Cabaret.
Bill Condon, screenwriter, wrote and directed Gods and Monsters, the Oscar® winner for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Martin Richards co-produced the original Broadway productions of Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles, and Sweeney Todd, among other productions.
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