Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 41 years, 2,187 covers and 55,435 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Sarah Michelle Gellar's Daughter Inherited Her Mom's Buffy Strength, Freddie Prinze Jr. Reveals
- Read the Cover Story: Inside Blake & Miranda's Shocking Split
- Miranda Lambert Kicks Up Her Heels, Jokes and Sings Songs About Heartbreak at Nashville Fundraiser
- Orange Is the New Black's Selenis Levya on Growing Up with a Transgender Sister: I Fight for Her 'on a Daily Basis'
- Olivia Culpo Bares All in Her First Naked Shoot
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
Videocassettes Reshape Movies; Another Fonda Provides Them a Fresh Star. Ethnic Infusions Add Fervor to Painting and Choreography, and An Old Cottage Craft Climbs Out of Bed to Shout a Message
To bring Dick Tracy to the screen, Beatty tells his crew to forget the rules
If teenagers start dyeing their sweats gaudy shades of red, yellow, blue and green this summer, blame Chester Gould. Those are the colors he inked onto America's favorite crimebuster comic strip, and now those lurid hues are coming back in this summer's most buzzed-about movie, Dick Tracy. "It's not fancy and it's not subtle," says WARREN BEATTY, producer, director and star of the film. "I think what was most appealing to me is the straightforwardness of it. Since I was a kid, I've liked Dick Tracy."
Gould's strip was set in Depression-era Chicago, but Beatty wasn't gunning for period authenticity. "I didn't want it to look real," he says. "I wanted it to look what I called superreal, instead of phony." As with Batman last year, the movie was shot almost entirely on studio back lots. RICHARD SYLBERT, who like most postwar production designers had worked essentially on location in his 44-movie career, was rethinking set design to create "a city that was totally generic. We even changed all the cars," he adds, "so they looked the same—except large for the bad guys and small for the good guys. If someone could say, 'That's a Ford,' it would ruin the movie."
More unusual was Beatty's decision to render all costumes and sets in Gould's limited comic-strip palette. Tracy wears yellow, the movie's symbol of light and justice. Breathless Ma-honey, the seductress played by MADONNA (who sings tunes by STEPHEN SONDHEIM), slinks on in black and silver. And the heavy, AL PACINO'S Big Boy Caprice, is tailored in diabolical red. "Instead of harmonizing colors, we put primary colors side by side to create conflict," says cinematographer VITTORIO STORARO, a three-time Oscar winner. "We were going totally against everything we've been taught."
Beatty had wanted to shoot in wide-screen Panavision but ruled that out, says Sylbert, after watching some recent Panavision films on videocassette. "Warren said, 'I ain't doing it. I don't want half the movie to be off the screen,' " Sylbert relates. "So we used ordinary lenses." Little wonder. Cassettes raked in $8 billion in '89, compared with $5 billion for movie houses. "We're doing Dick Tracy for what Warren considers the world of the future, and he's right," Sylbert remarks. "As he said, 'We'll all be on fast forward before long.' "
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!