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Acceptable performances but the film is not about the music,
This review is from: Cabaret: Original Soundtrack Recording (1972 Film) (Audio CD)
Bob Fosse's film of CABARET trashed the original show,
but in re-interpreting the material, he made a classic film-
one that works as drama and only secondarily as a musical.
Consider - he jettisoned the supporting plot of the musical play
which contained all of the political points of the Nazi threat -
he kept only five of the fifteen songs (with two more as back-
ground music), added three new songs and dealt them out to only two singers (Joel Grey
and Liza Minnelli each get three solos and one duet). The only
real joy here is the new song MONEY MONEY. If the film were not
so good, the treatment of its music would have been unforgivable,
but Fosse displayed his genius here, winning one of the film's
eight oscars as Best Director. Only Minnelli fans and fans of
the film need bother - the CD to get is the London cast recording
with Judi Dench as Sally Bowles and Barry Dennen as the Emcee.
Magnificent acting from all concerned.
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Initial post: Dec 31, 2014 2:13:07 PM PST
Saying that Bob Fosse trashed "Cabaret" is like saying the creators of "Cabaret" trashed "I Am A Camera". It's nonsense. Just as "Cabaret" on stage retained, discarded and invented material so did the movie. In each case those liberties taken by the creators of each respective version were justified for the time and the medium in which they were working. Each version is a separate work and should be judged that way. I love both and find it tiresome when confronted with that boring old complaint "but it's not like the (play) (movie) (book) (whatever)."
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