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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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Won 8 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$42,765,000
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During the opening number "Willkommen", the Master of Ceremonies says, "Outside it is windy, but inside it is so hot." In the stage musical, he says that outside it is winter. "Winter" was changed to "windy" in the film so that exteriors could be shot in warm, sunny weather. That way, audiences wouldn't question the unusually mild German winter weather. See more »

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Brian is seen pushing a bicycle while walking with Sally. The front light on the bicycle points downwards. Later, Brian and Sally join two friends for a cycle ride. Brian rides the same bicycle with the downward pointing light. In the same scene, when the four are pushing their bicycles and eating ice creams, Brian is pushing a bicycle that doesn't have the downward-pointing light. See more »

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Master of Ceremonies: In here, life is beautiful. The girls are beautiful. Even the orchestra is beautiful!
[Curtains pull back to reveal an all-girl band]
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Referenced in The Crazy Ones: Love Sucks (2014) See more »

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Willkommen
("Welcome")
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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