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Cabaret
- Liza Minnelli

Overview - The final shot of the hit film CABARET is a Nazi meeting reflected in a mirror, providing the chilling historical subtext for this groundbreaking musical movie, set in prewar Berlin. Not since GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) had Hollywood produced a more successful film.  Read more...

 
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Overview

The final shot of the hit film CABARET is a Nazi meeting reflected in a mirror, providing the chilling historical subtext for this groundbreaking musical movie, set in prewar Berlin. Not since GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) had Hollywood produced a more successful film. CABARET was a convention-shattering story that dealt with themes like bisexuality that were still under the radar in the US. Additionally, CABARET made the enormously talented Liza Minnelli an American icon. Minnelli plays Sally Bowles, an aspiring singer and dancer. The main plot revolves around her relationship with two different men and her life as a singer at the Kit Kat Klub. The film utilizes the traditional conventions of American musical theater while adding in the fiendishly painted Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) who comments on the proceedings through song and dance. Director Bob Fosse showcases the range of his vision as a director of stage and screen, serving as both choreographer and musical director. Based on the Kander-Ebb musical from John van Druten's play I AM A CAMERA (which, in turn, was derived from Christopher Isherwood's novel GOODBYE TO BERLIN), CABARET was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won eight, making it one of the most acclaimed films in movie history.

Awards:
1972 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration Winner
1972 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1972 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1972 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1972 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
1972 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner
1972 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner
1972 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner

Cast List

Marisa Berenson - International Actress, BARRY LYNDON (1973)
Helmut Griem - Actor
Cy Feuer - Producer/ Composer
Bob Fosse - Director/Choreog./Dancer
Liza Minnelli - American Actress, CABARET (1972)
Fritz Wepper - Actor
Christopher Isherwood - British Writer
David Bretherton - American Editor
Michael York - British Actor, LOGAN'S RUN (1976)
Fred Ebb - American Composer - Cabaret
John Kander - American Composer - Cabaret
Joel Grey - American Actor/Singer/Dancer, CABARET (1972)
Joel Katz - American Actor/Singer/Dancer, CABARET (1972)
Jay Presson Allen - Screenwriter/producer, THE PRIME OF MISS.../DEATHTRAP
Jay Allen - Screenwriter/producer, THE PRIME OF MISS.../DEATHTRAP
Jacqueline Presson - Screenwriter/producer, THE PRIME OF MISS.../DEATHTRAP
Rolf Zehetbauer - Art Director
Ralph Burns - American Composer
Geoffrey Unsworth - British Director Of Photography

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 124
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929265992
  • Genre: Musicals
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Musicals

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Synopsis:
Sally Bowles, a singer at the Kit Kat Klub, is an American caught up in the faux-glamour of prewar Berlin. Although Sally giddily ignores the decadence that has begun to permeate every aspect of society, her Jewish friend Natasha cannot; Natasha constantly faces persecution by Nazi authorities, and her lover has entirely hidden his Jewish identity. But Sally continues to bury herself in her own problems: in addition to the difficulties of sharing her bisexual English lover with a wealthy German homosexual, she keeps getting more and more drawn in by the sleazy and sinister atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub.

Notes:
Theatrical release: February 13, 1972 CABARET was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1995. According to the authors of INSIDE OSCAR composers John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote the Broadway musical CABARET as a vehicle showcasing their good friend Liza Minnelli. Hal Prince, the producer and director, thought Minnelli too "inexperienced" and gave the role to Jill Haworth instead. The show became the biggest Broadway hit between 1966 and 1967. When the film of the musical was finally in the making, Liza Minnelli had secured stardom, having just received an Oscar nomination for the 1969 film THE STERILE CUCKOO. Reportedly, Liza's was very excited about the film: "We're trying to show the dirt and decadence and the perverse atmosphere of Berlin when the Nazis came to power...." When the film of the musical was finally in the making, Liza Minnelli was already a star, having just received an Oscar nomination for the 1969 film THE STERILE CUCKOO. Reportedly, Liza's was very excited about the film: "We're trying to show the dirt and decadence and the perverse atmosphere of Berlin when the Nazis came to power...."

Reviews:
"...It's a dark, sexy beast of a film....Minnelli's Oscar-winning turn is touching and vivacious..." - 08/01/2002 Total Film, p.102


"...[With] superb production design..." - 01/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.58


"...This was revolutionary stuff..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.34


"No escapist song-and-dance extravaganza, this is a film with a heart of darkness." - 02/01/2008 Empire, p.145

 
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