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CHICAGO (2002) - A History of the American Musical + Short Film

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"What makes this more than a film of a great stage show is the way that the action spills seamlessly from the stage sets into real life. Magic.”- The Times

The penultimate film in Deptford Cinema’s season celebrating the history of the American movie musical is also another tribute to famed American writer, director and choreographer Bob Fosse, and a movie widely credited with reigniting interest in the genre in 21st Century Hollywood. Winner of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Picture and featuring a sizzling cast made of up Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago, adapted from the stage play which Fosse helped design, sees a small-time chorus dancer who would kill for fame - Roxie Hart- landed behind bars for shooting her sleazy lover. In jail, she encounters a frenemy: the vaudeville star Velma Kelly, who Roxie used to idolise from afar and who is also in the slammer for an alleged ‘crime of passion’. With the help of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn, Roxie steals Velma’s tactic of spinning her crime into a media frenzy, setting the stage for a singing, dancing catfight between the all-too-willing rivals

Starting October 2019, Deptford Cinema joins in the BFI's nationwide three-month celebration of the musical film genre with our own special and spectacular season! From the 'Golden Era' of fabulous foot-tapping ruled by the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers double act, right through to more provocative takes like Bob Fosse's Cabaret, lesser-seen milestones such as the all-black cast of Cabin in the Sky, and on to the 21st Century smashes like La La Land, we will pick you and sweep you right through nine decades of Hollywood's musical history in eight screenings! Expect short films and programme notes at all screenings, and even some special guest speakers!

  • dir. Rob Marshall

  • 2002

  • 108 min

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 6.30PM

Film 7.00PM

This screening is part of BFI Musicals! nationwide season.

This screening is part of BFI Musicals! nationwide season.