Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical was in turn based on Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, previously dramatized for stage and screen as I Am a Camera with Julie Harris as Sally Bowles. Fosse uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant American entertainer Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli. Sally works at the Kit Kat Klub, a George Grosz-like Berlin cabaret where each night the smirking, androgynous Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) introduces a jazz-driven "girlie show" to his debauched audience. Virtually all the film's musical numbers are staged within the confines of the Kit Kat Klub, and each song comments on the plot and on Germany's "progression" from hedonism to Hitlerism. Most of the Broadway score by John Kander and Fred Ebb was retained, with the welcome addition of "The Money Song." Although it lost Best Picture to The Godfather, Cabaret won eight Oscars, including awards to Minnelli, Grey, and Fosse. A heavily expurgated 88-minute version of Cabaret has been prepared for commercial TV presentations, regarded by many as dramatically inferior to the full cut.~Hal Erickson
Commentary by Stephen Tropiano
Featurette Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals
Vintage Featurettes Cabaret: A Legend in the Making and The Recreation of an Era
Great movie. I remember seeing it when it when it was released. Actually, I should say, I will never forget it. Terrific. Had to purchase it recently to see it in Blu-ray. So glad they take the time to improve the quality of the older films so we can keep on enjoying them.
This is something you should watch with your adult children. They should all see it. Especially given recent political events. Never forget that time and the alignment with events of today. Scary.
Musicals morphed once to epics in the 60s then shifted again to the modern, gritty, New American cinema of the 70s. Bob Fosse met that challenge head on with a toe tapping, devastatingly introspective look at fascism and its effects, both in denial and of acceptance, on the people who live amid its rise. CABARET is a story of dreams, high dreams, trounced and shattered but never dead. This is innovative filmmaking at its finest with shining acting and the beginning of the 'life is a stage' musical motif returned to in CHICAGO. Represented very well on Blu-ray with an awesome book. A++
Not for everyone, but it’s the musical that showed the way toward a new future for the genre—not escapism, but something approaching realism. Joel Grey is magnificently arch, and Liza gives it, to coin a phrase, everything she’s got. The image is pleasingly film-like and the sound is near-perfect.
I bought this since it is very highly regarded and I had never seen it. Though the film is considered a classic, I'm not sure I like it as much as other movies from this era. For one, I think The Godfather should've won the Academy Award that year. Still, I can see why many critics like it, but it really isn't my cup of tea, I suppose.
Had seen this movie over 40 years ago. Recently looking at some movie information I came across it again. Best Buy came through again. Just received a copy in the mail....watching it like it was yesterday.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Never looked so stunning
The blu-ray extended edition of Cabaret offers a beautiful and dynamic picture and audio transfer of this classic musical. The special book that accompanies this special edition was an added bonus with rare photos of the Oscar winning production.