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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sally Bowles
... Brian Roberts
... Maximilian von Heune
... Master of Ceremonies
... Fritz Wendel
... Natalia Landauer
... Fraulein Schneider
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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Life is a Cabaret See more »

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Drama | Musical

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13 February 1972 (USA)  »

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Кабаре  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$42,765,000
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Trivia

Billy Wilder and Gene Kelly turned down the offer to direct the project before it was accepted by Bob Fosse. 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: Bri, listen... we're practically living together, so if you only like boys I wouldn't dream of pestering you.
[pause]
Sally: Well, do you sleep with girls or don't you?
Brian: Sally! You don't ask questions like that!
Sally: I do.
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Opening credits prologue: Berlin 1931 See more »

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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Films (2001) See more »

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Heirat
Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Sung by Greta Keller
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Perhaps the Greatest of All Broadway Musical Adaptations
29 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

First released with the tagline "A Divinely Decadent Experience" - Bob Fosse's film retains its power to shock forty years after its original release. Beautifully filmed, with a brilliant use of intercuts between the musical songs and scenes of sickening violence in the Berlin of the early 1930s, the film provides an object-lesson in how a musical in film should work, with the songs commenting on as well as advancing the plot. Liza Minnelli is quite simply the definitive Sally Bowles, combining boundless self-confidence with an innate vulnerability. She shows a mastery of tone and shade in her rendition of some of the tunes - in the title song, for instance, she recalls her mother at her best, whereas in the song "Maybe This Time," she reveals the character's inner yearning for a better life. Likewise Joel Grey is definitive as the Emcee - a vicious parodist who knows precisely what the songs mean in terms of satirizing Germany at the beginning of Nazi rule. Michael York's "Brian Roberts" (actually Christopher Isherwood) is both bemused yet appalled at what happens around him; he can never become actively involved either in the anti-Nazi movement or the decadent world of the Kit-Kat Club due to his respectable upbringing. He can escape from Nazi Germany; sadly neither Sally nor the Emcee have that privilege. This is the film's principal tragedy.


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