• 15
  • Bob Fosse (1972)
  • US
  • 118 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Bob Fosse's Oscar-winning musical drama, based on Christopher Isherwood's memoir, starring Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York. A love affair develops between cabaret singer Sally Bowles and naive young Englishman Brian Roberts in the decadent Berlin café society of the 1930s, against a background of the gradual rise of German fascism.

Cast and 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
Gerd Vespermann
Herr Ludwig
Ralf Wolter


Bob Fosse

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Some violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Jun 2002
Certificate 15