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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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Release Date:

13 February 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kabare  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$42,765,000 (USA)

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Brian expresses surprise that Sally Bowles is an American, a sly reference to the fact that, in the musical on which the movie is based, Sally is British. See more »


When Sally steps out of the shower, she's still wearing eyeliner and false eyelashes. See more »


Fritz Wendel: Do you know what she has done to me? It's terrible! She has turned me into an honest man.
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Opening credits prologue: Berlin 1931 See more »


Referenced in Salon Kitty (1976) See more »


Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Sung by Joel Grey
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Hugely successful tale set on Nazi Germany with classic musical sequences and unforgettable songs
21 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

A young English man named Brian(Michael York, in a character based on Christopher Isherwood's experiences) develops a relationship with a reckless young American girl named Sally(Liza Minnelli at a wonderful performance to the edge of tragedy) in Berlin during the 30s in which Hitler is rising to power and racism, anti-Semitism and determinedly amoral behavior are growing. They're both then seduced by a German rich aristocrat named Max(Helmut Griem). Meanwhile Brian works as English teacher for an elegant young Jewish(Marisa Berenson) and his friend Fritz Wendel(Fritz Wippel), both of whom falling in love. All the roles are linked by the Kit-Kat club where perform Sally and an androgynous master of ceremonies(Joel Grey , he deservedly won Oscar to best support cast).

It's a magnificent musical-drama well set on Germany where are increasing horrors of Nazism taking place on its grim moments. Atmospheric nostalgia piece from the stories of Christopher Isherwood and successfully creating a portrait of a nation falling into moral decay. It's one of the most perfect examples of accurate timing over a sustained period ever put on cinema. This dynamic film packs excellent musical numbers full of aggression, fire and turn out to be unmissable experience. Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey give the acting of their lives. Glamorous and evocative cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth . Based on the John Kander's hit Broadway musical and soundtrack by Ralph Burns full of classic songs. This story was formerly brought to life by Henry Cornelius (1959) with Laurence Harvey(Brian role) and Julie Harris(Sally role) in a good drama no musicalized.

¨Cabaret¨ is an impressive picture splendidly directed by Bob Fosse(1927-1987) and winning three Oscars. Fosse was a director, actor, choreographer and dancer. He choreographed : ¨My sister Eileen, The Pijama game, Damn Yankees¨ and directed another films with awesome musical sequences such as ¨Sweet charity and All that jazz¨.

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