Cabaret is a 1972 American musical-drama film directed by Bob Fosse, and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey.
Set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the presence of the growing Nazi Party, the film is loosely based on the 1966 Broadway musical Cabaret by Kander and Ebb, which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical novel The Berlin Stories (1945) and the 1951 play I Am a Camera adapted from the same work.:609 Only a few numbers from the stage score were used for the film; Kander and Ebb wrote new ones to replace those that were discarded.
In the traditional manner of musical theater, called an “integrated musical”, every significant character in the stage version sings to express his or her own emotion and to advance the plot. In the film version, the musical numbers are entirely diegetic.:609 All of them take place inside the club,:609 with one exception: “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”, the only song sung neither by Grey’s character of the Kit Kat Klub’s Master of Ceremonies nor by Minnelli’s character of Sally Bowles.
- Starring : Liza Minnelli
- Genre : Drama / Musical
- Country : United States
- Language : English / German / Hebrew / French
- Director : Bob Fosse
- Production : Allied Artists Pictures / ABC Pictures / A Feuer and Martin Production / Bavaria Film
- Distributor : Allied Artists Pictures / 20th Century Fox / Centfox / Fox Norena Film A/S / Fox-MGM Film / Fox-Rank / International Film Distributors / Netherlands Fox Film Corporation / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Citadel Films / MGM/CBS Home Video / Nord Video / CBS Video / Star Video / CBS/Fox / CEL Home Video / Rank Video / Video Elit / Video Gems / Atlas Films / Braveworld / Parkfield Entertainment / Warner Home Video / 4 Front Video / PolyGram Video / BMG Video / Cinema Club / Video Collection International / Manga Films / Scanbox Entertainment / EuroVideo / Fremantle Home Entertainment / MRA Entertainment Group / Prism Leisure Corporation / Rai Movie / Warner Archive Collection / 20th Century Fox Hellas / 20th Century Fox India / Filmes Castello Lopes / Hispamex Films / InCine / MGM-Fox Films / F.J. Lucas / HBO Max / Thorn EMI Video
Cabaret release date
- February 13, 1972 : USA
- June 1, 1972 : UK
- July 7, 1972 : Ireland
- August 19, 1972 : Japan
- September 15, 1972 : France
- September 28, 1972 : Australia
- October 2, 1972 : Sweden
- October 6, 1972 : Spain
- May 5, 1973 : Japan (re-release)
- June 21, 2002 : UK (re-release)
- February 3, 2010 : France (re-release)
- May 24, 2017 : USA (Seattle International Film Festival)
- Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles
- Michael York as Brian Roberts
- Helmut Griem as Maximilian von Heune
- Joel Grey as Master of Ceremonies
- Fritz Wepper as Fritz Wendel
- Marisa Berenson as Natalia Landauer
- Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel as Fraulein Schneider
- Helen Vita as Fraulein Kost
- Sigrid von Richthofen as Fraulein Mayr (as Sigrid Von Richthofen)
- Gerd Vespermann as Bobby
- Ralf Wolter as Herr Ludwig
- Georg Hartmann as Willi
- Ricky Renée as Elke (as Ricky Renee)
- Estrongo Nachama as Cantor
- Kathryn Doby as Kit-Kat Dancer
After the box-office failure of his film version of Sweet Charity in 1969, Bob Fosse bounced back with Cabaret in 1972, a year that made him the most honored director in the movie business. The film also brought Liza Minnelli, the daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, her own first chance to sing on screen, and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. With Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey), Best Director (Bob Fosse), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Original Song Score and Adaptation, and Best Film Editing, Cabaret holds the record for most Oscars earned by a film not honored for Best Picture.
It is listed as number 367 on Empire’s 500 greatest films of all time. Cabaret opened to glowing reviews and strong box office, eventually taking in more than $20 million. In addition to its eight Oscars, it won Best Picture citations from the National Board of Review and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and took Best Supporting Actor honors for Grey from the National Board of Review, the Hollywood Foreign Press, and the National Society of Film Critics. In 1995, Cabaret was the ninth live-action musical film selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
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