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Cabaret

Cabaret

Bob Fosse (1972)

118min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is a tremendously effective and affecting adult musical version of writer Christopher Isherwood's Berlin memoirs, via I Am a Camera and the hit Broadway show. The tale is transformed here through the Oscar-winning magic of director Bob Fosse (replacing first choice Gene Kelly) and star Liza Minnelli into a lasting screen classic, pulling no punches as it depicts the rise of Hitler and the spread of anti-Semitism through the twilight world of the Berlin cabaret. As the emcee of the Kit-Kat club, Joel Grey positively exudes decadence, and also collected one of the movie's eight Oscars. Fosse achieves several compelling cinematic moments, notably a chilling crescendo of emotion as a young Nazi sings Kander and Ebb's hymn-like Tomorrow Belongs to Me. If brash Minnelli seems a mite too talented for the Sally Bowles character, it really doesn't matter: she is, quite simply, magnificent in this role.

Summary

A flighty nightclub singer in 1930s Berlin is drawn into a love triangle with a sensitive would-be English writer and an aristocratic German, as the Nazi party grows in might and the country heads inexorably toward war. Oscar-winning musical directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, starring Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York and Helmut Griem.

Cast & Crew

Sally Bowles Liza Minnelli
Master of Ceremonies Joel Grey
Brian Roberts Michael York
Maximilian von Heune Helmut Griem
Fritz Wendel Fritz Wepper
Natalia Landauer Marisa Berenson
Fraulein Kost Helen Vita
Bobby Gerd Vespermann
Herr Ludwig Ralf Wolter
Director Bob Fosse
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: NFT Guidance: Some violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 21 Jun 2002

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