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Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to Cabaret. The winner of eight Academy Awards, it boasts a score by the legendary songwriting partnership behind another film that would energize the movie musical genre with equal razzle-dazzle 30 years later: Chicago's John Kander and Fred Ebb. Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and an impish emcee (Joel Grey) sound the clarion call to decadent fun, while outside a certain political party grows into a brutal force. Cabaret caught lightning (and won Oscars) for Minnelli, Grey and director Bob Fosse, who shaped a triumph of style and substance. Come to this Cabaret, old chum. You'll never want to leave.
Documentary:25th-Anniversary Documentary "Cabaret: A Legend in the Making"
Featurette:"The Recreation of An Era"
Production Notes:"Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery": The film's stars and creators reminisce about making movie musical history.
- 25th-Anniversary Documentary "Cabaret: A Legend in the Making"
- Featurette: "The Recreation of An Era"
- "Kit Kat Klub Memory Gallery": The film's stars and creators reminisce about making movie musical history
- Theatrical trailer
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"Cabaret" is based upon the stage musical, which was itself based upon Christopher Isherwood's book of his personal experiences in Germany during the rise of Nazism.
It tells the story of that period eloquently through the eyes of Isherwood and his closest friend, cabaret performer Sally Bowles.
A musical about the rise of fascism? Yes, that's exactly what it is. And as a musical, it's a good one! One amazing thing about this film is how the musical numbers performed on the cabaret stage subtly change over time to please the German audiences, whose social and political attitudes are changing along with the rise of the Nazi party.
The number "Money" which appears near the beginning of the film assuages the feelings of a German people just trying to get along in a country where out of control inflation has rendered their money practically worthless. Then, as things change, we see and hear songs like "The Future Belongs to Me" which starts out as a very sweet, heartfelt, sentimental song, but soon becomes frightening in it's implications as it becomes clear that it is really about the "Master Race" taking over a world that they believe belongs to them simply because they have the power and the will take it. One of the final numbers "Why Can't They Leave us alone" begins by making us laugh, but when what it is really about becomes clear to us near it's conclusion, the effect is chilling.
A one-of-a-kind musical masterpiece, "Cabaret" was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and deserved it's nomination. Like "West Side Story" it doesn't make you feel that all in the world is happy and light, but it moves you emotionally.
This film made Liza a major film star by itself and she has never looked or sounded better then she does performing in it.
This is no old fashioned musical, but a very thought provoking and socially minded one.
Great job on this classic film's Blu-Ray picture, it has fine HD quality for a 1972 film, clearly remastered with care.
The story is terrific, it is a classic, great movie, and technically not really a musical. As noted in the film's SEVERAL extras (several documentaries) included on the disc, the musical numbers were intentionally confined to the Cabaret only; at the time, they felt that audiences no longer felt that characters singing and dancing in the streets (as in Rodgers and Hammerstein films) was believable, after the turbulent 1960s. This fact was quite enlightening to me.
One of the great movies ever, outperforming nothing less than the first, "The Godfather" at that year's Oscars.
HIGHLY recommended on all counts!