Cabaret is one of my favorite musicals, but I’ve only seen it performed on the stage. For some reason, the movie never appealed to me, even though it has been recommended to me on countless occasions considering I love the musical and I studied this part of German history in grad school.
The film, according to IMDb, is about:
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.
This 1972 musical stars Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey. Bob Fosse directed it. If you are a huge fan of the theater production, I should note that not many of the numbers are used in the film. I found this slightly disappointing myself. And if you’re expecting all of the actors to sign, once again, you may be let down again. Only the Emcee (Joel Grey) and Sally (Liza Minnelli) belt out a song occasionally. Belt out doesn’t do either of them justice–both have beautiful voices.
The movie won eight Academy Awards, which is a record for a single year without claiming the top prize: Best Picture. It won for Best Director (Bob Fosse), Best Actress (Minnelli), Best Supporting Actor (Grey), and five more awards for technical aspects. The Godfather won Best Picture that year.
Now I went into this film thinking it would be just like the musical. And it wasn’t. At first I was disappointed. The Better Half hasn’t seen the musical and really enjoyed the film. After a few days I realized I actually liked the film. I just had to get over my hissy fit of not getting my way. So if you haven’t seen this and are a fan of the musical do your best to forget the musical while watching the film. Just enjoy it as is, not for what you want it to be.
Up next is: American Graffiti