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Cabaret

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ActorsLiza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Marisa Berenson

DirectorBob Fosse

From Gay Essential

Released in 1972, Cabaret follows the story of a singer and dancer who dreams of being rich and famous. The film won several Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. Set and filmed in Germany it was directed by Bob Fosse and stars Liza Minnelli and Michael York. Read More Here

Winner of eight Academy Awards including “BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE”, “BEST DIRECTOR” and twenty five international film festival awards including “BEST MOTION PICTURE”, “BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR”, “BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY”, and “BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS”

“Cabaret is one of those immensely gratifying imperfect works in which from beginning to end you can literally feel a movie coming to life.”
   Roger Greenspun, The New York Times

“It stands as a hugely enjoyable, occasionally chilling, musical.”
   Kim Newman, Empire

“It's entertaining and stylish, though maybe not quite as serious as it wants to be.”
   Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Features:

  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes

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Reviews

  1. :

    This 1972 film directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse really is something very ‘un-Hollywood-like’, with its intimate personal story interwoven with themes of 1930s Berlin Nazis, homosexuality and high-kicking, cross-dressing musical numbers. This was, I guess, the film that really ‘broke’ Liza Minnelli onto the world stage and in which she drew on her family heritage to deliver a whole series of infectious Kander and Ebb songs (alongside a marvellous Joel Grey) such as Willkommen, Maybe This Time, Money and film’s famous title tune.
    In addition, however, Minnelli demonstrates that she is not just a compelling (and androgynous) stage performer, but that she can also act, here as the brassy, down-to-earth, ambitious and (ultimately) vulnerable, Kit Kat night-club turn, Sally Bowles. It soon becomes clear that Fosse’s film is going to be far from a ‘traditional’ Hollywood musical as Michael York’s repressed, and sexually insecure (‘nil’ sex life), Englishman (and teacher), Brian Roberts, arrives at Sally’s door, and the era’s political overtones gradually seep into proceedings (initially via background radio broadcasts), drawing viewers into this world of ‘divine decadence’ (Sally’s adage). Fosse (and cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth) create an authentic and evocative sense of the period, with stunning night-club sequences (blacks, reds, whites), ageing communist (Lenin) street posters and a sense of greater social/sexual liberalism, all tempered by the increasingly pervasive Nazi presence.

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