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Cabaret

Bob Fosse

It takes a seriously great film to win eight Oscars in the same year as The Godfather and Deliverance, but that's exactly what Cabaret is. Based on both Kander and Ebb’s Broadway Musical and the writings of Christopher Isherwood, Cabaret is set in Berlin in the early 1930s, and throws the audience into the maelstrom of the last days of the Weimar Republic.

"Cabaret is a masterpiece..."

It follows the relationship between a naive English writer (Michael York) and an American singer (Liza Minnelli) who performs each night at the famous Kit Kat Club, a hotbed of transgression and vice. In the background of all this decadence, the Nazis make their inexorable rise to power.

Often described as the musical for people who don't usually like musicals due to its decidedly adult content and director Bob Fosse’s decision to cut all numbers that don’t take place on the Kit Kat’s stage (bar one staggering exception), Cabaret is a masterpiece whose only flaw is that Minnelli, whose character is supposed to be a mediocrity, is simply too darn brilliant.

 

 Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk