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Cabaret (1972)

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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.

Director:

Bob Fosse

Writers:

Joe Masteroff (based on the musical play "Cabaret" book by), John Van Druten (based on the play by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liza Minnelli ... Sally Bowles
Michael York ... Brian Roberts
Helmut Griem ... Maximilian von Heune
Joel Grey ... Master of Ceremonies
Fritz Wepper ... Fritz Wendel
Marisa Berenson ... Natalia Landauer
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ... Fraulein Schneider
Helen Vita ... Fraulein Kost
Sigrid von Richthofen Sigrid von Richthofen ... Fraulein Mayr (as Sigrid Von Richthofen)
Gerd Vespermann Gerd Vespermann ... Bobby
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Herr Ludwig
Georg Hartmann Georg Hartmann ... Willi
Ricky Renée Ricky Renée ... Elke (as Ricky Renee)
Estrongo Nachama Estrongo Nachama ... Cantor
Kathryn Doby 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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A divinely decadent experience! [UK Quad Poster] See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The name of Joel Grey's character is never revealed. The character is simply referred to as the Emcee or Master of Ceremonies. This also applies to the Broadway production. See more »

Goofs

During the song "Cabaret", Sally's "cross your heart" halter dress changes from crossing left-over-right to right-over-left and back between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sally: The only thing you can do with virgins like that is pounce!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Berlin 1931 See more »

Alternate Versions

The bit of "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" with a chorus of Hitler Youth singing the song was cut when the film was first released in West Berlin. When the film aired on television there in 1976, the cuts were reinstated. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Spidarlings (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Tomorrow Belongs To Me
Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Sung onscreen by the Nazi youth with singing voice provided by Mark Lambert
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Perfect On All Levels
20 November 1999 | by joe7See all my reviews

On a historical level, a personal-story level, and as pure entertainment "Cabaret" works perfectly. The scene is Berlin, Germany, only two years before Hitler would come to total power. It is the Berlin that Christopher Isherwood lived in and wrote about: poverty, drug and alcohol escapism, criminals, sleazebags, fighting in the streets, venereal disease, the prostitution of both sexes, the desperation to escape through the film industry, the temporary escape from the harshness of life in "naughty" nightclubs like The Kit Kat Club, which encapsulates it all. It's a bad scene, and a good example of, perhaps, why so many Germans felt in need of a Hitler. There's not a single verbal reference to Hitler, and yet the presence of the growing Nazi movement all around these decadent misfits is ever present in this film. But you can't blame any of these apolitical people for that. Liza Minelli and Michael York's characters are so needy, so desperate just to find some personal happiness in life. They can't be bothered with what's going on in the bigger picture. Except for the Master Of Ceremonies at the Club: Joel Grey's character is a semi-supernatural all-seeing character, mocking, seeming to somehow know EXACTLY the further destruction Germany's headed for. His scary all-knowing grinning face pops in regularly to remind us. The musical number "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" is so effective an illustration of the appeal this new Nazi hope held for impoverished suffering Germans, and yet we have The Master Of Ceremonies' evil nodding grin to remind us, in retrospect, what it really led to.Just as every musical number (aside from being so beautifully choreographed and presented) reminds us of the desperation in Sally Bowles' life and in most of Germany. "Money Makes The World Go Around" is a perfect musical number, and so illustrative of the horrendous financial state of Germany at the time. Joel Grey's raunchy "Two Ladies" on the Kit Kat stage to the hysterical delight of the decadent crowd reminds us that all sexual propriety has broken down (including in the lives of the main characters, now involved in a threeway with one of the few Germans who still has some wealth intact). Everyone who wants an example of the artistic heights that film can reach should see "Cabaret".


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Release Date:

13 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Biergarten, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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