Barrington Public Library’s film lecture series, “Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!: The Evolution of Movie Musicals,” concludes with a screening of “Chicago,” which won the Academy Award for best picture in 2002. Set in the Windy City of the roaring 1920s, the story centers around two women (Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, pictured) who are imprisoned on charges of murder and hope to parlay their notoriety into celebrity with the help of a flashy lawyer (Richard Gere). Director Rob Marshall provided a freshly cinematic adaptation of Kander and Ebb’s Broadway musical. The film’s public and critical success came as a delightful surprise to many who had written off the movie musical as dead. Decide for yourself what all the hoopla was about. Your host, librarian and film enthusiast Doug Swiszcz, will offer pre-film commentary. The movie is rated PG-13.
WHERE: Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road, Barrington
WHEN: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
MORE INFO: 401/247-1920; www.barringtonlibrary.org