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Double Feature: Time for musicals with ‘Chicago,’ ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’

Welcome back to Double Feature, the IDS film podcast where the powers that be let us into a podcast booth to give you hot takes and maybe some lukewarm ones too.

This week, hosts Annie Aguiar and Chris Forrester are still in a musical mood as they discuss two stellar musical films, the 1964 French romantic drama “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” and the 2002 crime comedy-drama “Chicago.”

“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” directed and written by Jacques Demy, tells the story of Geneviève, who works in an umbrella boutique she runs with her mother, and auto mechanic Guy. Guy and Geneviève are in love, but the romance is complicated when Guy is drafted to serve in the Algerian War and Geneviève must wait for him. All of the dialogue within the movie is sung, including mundane conversations, and music plays throughout as the story unfolds.

The Best Picture-winning “Chicago” is the film adaptation of the legendary Broadway play, telling a story of celebrity and murder in Jazz Age Chicago. Starring Renée Zellweger as aspiring starlet-turned-murderer Roxie Hart, the film follows Hart as she turns her jail time for murdering her boyfriend into an opportunity to become a celebrity.

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