CHICAGO
2002, Park Circus/Miramax, 113 min, USA/Germany/Canada, Dir: Rob Marshall

At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) both find themselves sharing space on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. But in Chicago, there's only room for one legend! Based on the Bob Fosse stage musical, the film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, with supporting performances by John C. Reilly (as Hart’s gullible husband) and Queen Latifah (as a corrupt jail matron) garnering additional Oscar nominations.


STAR 80
1983, Warner Bros., 103 min, USA, Dir: Bob Fosse

Director Bob Fosse’s final film is based on the true story of Dorothy Stratten (Mariel Hemingway), a Vancouver high school senior romanced by local promoter/pimp Paul Snider (Eric Roberts, in a career-best performance). Groomed as a Playboy model, Stratten becomes Playmate of the Year and is poised for a mainstream film career - but possessive husband Snider can’t bear to see her succeed without him. Co-starring Cliff Robertson as Hugh Hefner and Carroll Baker (BABY DOLL) as Stratten’s mother.


ALL THAT JAZZ
1979, 20th Century Fox, 123 min, USA, Dir: Bob Fosse

This intense, compelling musical based on the life of its director-choreographer-screenwriter, Bob Fosse, won the Palme D’Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. Roy Scheider was Oscar-nominated for his performance (the film earned 9 nominations and 4 wins) as an obsessed, womanizing, pill-popping, chain-smoking Broadway choreographer and director who pays the ultimate price for his insane, creative lifestyle; kudos go to Ann Reinking playing his patient mistress. The movie probably has the only musical number set during open-heart surgery. With Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman, Ben Vereen.


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