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Cabaret Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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, Rovi

  • Release date:February 13, 1972

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Herbert Strabel Best Art Direction 1972 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Kander Best Original Song 1972 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Arthur Piantadosi Best Soundtrack 1972 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Knudson Best Soundtrack 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Knudson Best Sound 1972 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rolf Zehetbauer Best Art Direction 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rolf Zehetbauer Best Art Direction 1972 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bob Fosse Best Director 1972 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bob Fosse Best Picture 1972 Winner
National Board of Review Bob Fosse Best Director 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bob Fosse Best Director 1972 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bob Fosse Best Director 1972 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Bob Fosse Best Director 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cy Feuer Best Picture 1972 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Geoffrey Unsworth Best Cinematography 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Geoffrey Unsworth Best Cinematography 1972 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Joel Grey Most Promising Newcomer 1972 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Joel Grey Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1972 Winner
National Board of Review Joel Grey Best Supporting Actor 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joel Grey Best Supporting Actor 1972 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Liza Minnelli Best Actress 1972 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Liza Minnelli Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Liza Minnelli Best Actress 1972 Winner
National Board of Review Marisa Berenson Best Supporting Actress 1972 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marisa Berenson Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1972 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marisa Berenson New Star of the Year - Female 1972 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jay Presson Allen Best Screenplay 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jay Presson Allen Best Adapted Screenplay 1972 Nominee
Venice International Film Festival Bob Foss Film Presented 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Bretherton Best Editing 1972 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Hildyard Best Soundtrack 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Hildyard Best Sound 1972 Winner

Cast

Liza Minnelli
as Sally Bowles
Michael York
as Brian Roberts
Joel Grey
as Master of Ceremonies
Helmut Griem
as Maximilian von Heune
Marisa Berenson
as Natalia Landauer
Fritz Wepper
as Fritz
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel
as Fraulein Schneider
Helen Vita
as Fraulein Kost
Kathryn Doby
Estrongo Nachama
as Cantor
Ralf Wolter
as Herr Ludwig
Gerd Vespermann
as Bobby
George Hartmann
as Willi
Ricky Renee
as Elke

Crew

Bob Fosse
Director
Cy Feuer
Producer
Christopher Isherwood
Book Author
Jay Presson Allen
Screenwriter
Hugh Wheeler
Screenwriter
Joe Masteroff
Play Author
John van Druten
Play Author
Geoffrey Unsworth
Cinematographer
John Kander
Composer (Music Score)
David Bretherton
Editor
Rolf Zehetbauer
Art Director
Herbert Strabel
Set Designer
Charlotte Flemming
Costume Designer
David Hildyard
Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Fosse
Choreography
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