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Chicago: The Movie and Lyrics

Chicago: The Movie and Lyrics

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by Rob Marshall, Bill Condon (Introduction), Martin Richards (Introduction)

A magnificent visual book in full color with over 120 photos about the making of the major 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


A magnificent visual book in full color with over 120 photos about the making of the major 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. When 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Although this book (which is based on a movie, which is based on a musical) can't sing or dance, it comes darn well close enough to providing the oohs and aahs of going to see Chicago on the big screen. The smash hit movie has paved the way to a stunner of a book that simultaneously pays tribute to and explains the intricacies of Rob Marshall's showstopper. In his introduction, the director explains, "Musical theater is American-born, and it's our form. When musicals are done beautifully... it seems completely organic and convincing that people can sing and dance while telling their stories. When musicals are done right, they lift you in a way that no other form can. And that's why I love them so." The gorgeous photos in the book are uplifting indeed: there's Richard Gere as lawyer Billy Flynn, surrounded by scantily clad vaudeville showgirls in fishnets; there's Chicago's fictitious, sparkling Onyx Theater, balconies aglow; there's the voluptuous Queen Latifa, draped in gold and shimmying across the stage as Mama Morton. The book shares profiles of Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu and other stars of the film; historical vignettes of the real-life murderesses who inspired the characters; and essays on the costumes and set design. And then there's the screenplay, containing the movie's song lyrics and spoken lines. It's a marvelous package: flashy, informative and sure to "razzle dazzle 'em." (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
With big stars, big numbers, and, of course, all that jazz, Chicago is fast becoming the big-little film that could. Winner of three Golden Globes-Best Musical, Best Actress: Musical or Comedy (Renee Zellweger), and Best Actor: Musical or Comedy (Richard Gere)-this Rob Marshall vehicle tells the story of two Jazz Age murderesses, Velma Kelley (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Zellweger), as they vie for stardom and headlines. Unwilling to settle for anything less than first-rate, the actors, many not trained singers and dancers, strove to learn the required skills to bring this Broadway production (drawn on news stories) to the big screen. Much like 2001's Moulin Rouge, Chicago is sure to bring audiences into the fold, converting them into musical lovers, with soundtrack singalongs and all. In addition to the complete screenplay and lyrics, this companion is filled with photos, interviews, quotes, and insider information on the strenuous production. For all film musical collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook Series
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Dreamgirls is directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay he adapted from the stage musical's original book by Tom Eyen. Condon (Oscar® winner for his screenplay for Gods and Monsters, which he also directed) received another Oscar® nomination for his screenplay adaptation of Chicago. He more recently wrote and directed Kinsey.

David James's photographs previously appeared in the moviebooks of Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, and Saving Private Ryan.

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Chicago: The Movie and Lyrics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked the movie (and, didn't we all?) you'll love this lavish, razzle-dazzle book. Some 183 eye-popping full color photos and illustrations are reminders of what a treat for the eyes this film is. It's hard to believe that pages can contain those glamorous larger than life screen figures - Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah - but, they do with photographs that sizzle. In his intriguing introduction Director Rob Marshall relates his fascination with Chicago: 'I was fifteen when I first saw Chicago on the New York stage. After seeing the performance, I listened to the album over and over and loved this musical more than words can convey. For me, Chicago was Broadway. So it's a dream come true for me that I've come full circle, going from that little kid, the 15-year-old at the stage door, to directing this movie. Please forgive me for believing it's destiny.' Marshall goes on to explain both the difficulties and joys of adapting Chicago from stage to film. An especially absorbing section of this volume is devoted to the genesis of Chicago which was originally based on a real murder which took place in the city of Chicago in the 1920s. A man was found shot to death in a car owned by Mrs. Belva Gaertner, a cabaret singer with two ex-husbands. At first the woman denied any knowledge of the crime but later admitted that the gun found in the auto was hers. To every question asked of her she replied, 'I don't know. I was drunk.' It comes as no surprise that she was acquitted. Following this announcement she laughed, hugged her attorneys, and thanked the jury. You know what they say about truth being stranger than fiction! Remember Ginger Rogers? She came on screen as Roxie Hart in 1942. The book Chicago is filled with little known facts, such as for the film's closing number when Roxie and Velma shoot out lights to spell their names over 10,000 light bulbs were used to create the 20 by 30 foot wall of bulbs. And, find out how and where Rob Marshall auditioned Renee Zellweger. There's no place like Chicago that toddlin' town, and there's no book like Chicago!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the movie. and this book just makes it even better. it has the whole movie word by word and it practically tell you all the dance moves. this book rox !!!