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Cabaret (1972)

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

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The Master Of Ceremonies / Master of Ceremonies
Fritz Wepper ...
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Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ...
Helen Vita ...
Fraulein Kost
Sigrid von Richthofen ...
Fraulein Mayr (as Sigrid Von Richthofen)
Gerd Vespermann ...
Bobby
Ralf Wolter ...
Herr Ludwig
Georg Hartmann ...
Willi
Ricky Renée ...
Elke (as Ricky Renee)
Estrongo Nachama ...
Cantor
Kathryn Doby ...
Kit-Kat Dancer
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Cambridge University student Brian Roberts arrives in Berlin in 1931 to complete his German studies. Without much money, he plans on making a living teaching English while living in an inexpensive rooming house, where he befriends another of the tenants, American Sally Bowles. She is outwardly a flamboyant, perpetually happy person who works as a singer at the decadent Kit Kat Klub, a cabaret styled venue. Sally's outward façade is matched by that of the Klub, overseen by the omnipresent Master of Ceremonies. Sally draws Brian into her world, and initially wants him to be one of her many lovers, until she learns that he is a homosexual, albeit a celibate one. Among their other friends are his students, the poor Fritz Wendel, who wants to be a gigolo to live a comfortable life, and the straight-laced and beautiful Natalia Landauer, a Jewish heiress. Fritz initially sees Natalia as his money ticket, but eventually falls for her. However Natalia is suspect of his motives and cannot ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Musical

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13 February 1972 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,765,000 (USA)
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British author Christopher Isherwood, who originated the character of Sally Bowles in his short story "Goodbye to Berlin", enjoyed the attention the movie "Cabaret" brought to his career, but felt Liza Minnelli was too talented for the role. Sally, an amateur talent who lived under the delusion she had star quality, was, according to Isherwood, the antithesis of "Judy Garland's daughter". See more »

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The subtitles are inconsistent with how they show German speech/singing. During the opening, with the Master of Ceremonies (MC) singing in different languages, the subtitles show the German words in German. In at least one other part of the movie (when he's singing/dancing with the ape), some German words are translated into English in the subtitles. In this same ape scene, it may seem to non-German speakers or to viewers with no knowledge of what spoken German actually sounds like, that the MC is inconsistent with his pronunciation of English words that start with 'W'. Sometimes he pronounces them as if they start with a 'W', sometimes with a 'V' (for example, the German "Willkommen" (English "welcome") may appear to an English speaker as if it should be pronounced with a "w" sound, but a native German speaker will, in fact, pronounce it as if it started with an English "v" sound (villkommen). See more »

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Sally: Of course, I may bring a boyfriend home occasionally, but only occasionally, because I do think that one ought to go to the man's room if one can. I mean, it doesn't look so much as if one expected it, does it?
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Referenced in The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996) See more »

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It Couldn't Please Me More
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Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
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The best musical & one of the best films ever made
11 July 2000 | by (Coral Gables, Fl) – See all my reviews

This landmark masterpiece defies strict classification. It is one of a few movies which defines cinema. It's undefinable as a genre because it works as a musical, as drama, as a comedy, as a war movie, as a social satire, as a historical epic, as a masterpiece of cinematic choreography, AND THE LIST GOES ON. Interestingly, it is over powering not only as a film, but as an original Broadway musical, a novel, a play, and most recently as a revamped musical which incorporates the new songs and choreography created especially for the film into the original show. And the Tony and other awards from other media keep pouring in. The new DVD version is a must. This is the movie that in a very tight Oscar race year (like 1939 with Gone with the Wind, etc.), won NINE Academy Awards. And that against the Godfather! (Part I, just for starters.) The late Bob Fosse did score a major coup by winning the Best Director Award over the favored legendary Director of the Godfather. Fosse's delegacy lives on...on film, and on stage right now in London, Berlin, and New York where the CABARET revival, did I mention CHICAGO?, and FOSSE, the musical- based on his life- including a piece from the movie of Cabaret continue to dazzle new generations. The DVD is a knock out too. Truly one of the best, a cliche often said. THIS CLAIM, however, IS A FACT.


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