Cabaret (40th Anniversary)

Starring: Liza Minnelli Director: Bob Fosse  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1972
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: 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
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English, French

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Music by &
Screenwriting by
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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1972 - Best Actress: Liza Minnelli
Academy Awards 1972 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Ralph Burns
Academy Awards 1972 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Academy Awards 1972 - Best Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth
Academy Awards 1972 - Best Director: Bob Fosse
Academy Awards 1972 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1972 - Best Sound
Academy Awards 1972 - Best Supporting Actor: Joel Grey

Entertainment Reviews:

Total Film - 08/01/2002
"...It's a dark, sexy beast of a film....Minnelli's Oscar-winning turn is touching and vivacious..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2003
"...[With] superb production design..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...This was revolutionary stuff..."
Empire - 02/01/2008
"No escapist song-and-dance extravaganza, this is a film with a heart of darkness."

Product Description:

The final shot of the hit film CABARET is a Nazi meeting reflected in a mirror, providing the chilling historical subtext for this groundbreaking musical movie, set in prewar Berlin. Not since GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) had Hollywood produced a more successful film. CABARET was a convention-shattering story that dealt with themes like bisexuality that were still under the radar in the US. Additionally, CABARET made the enormously talented Liza Minnelli an American icon.

Minnelli plays Sally Bowles, an aspiring singer and dancer. The main plot revolves around her relationship with two different men and her life as a singer at the Kit Kat Klub. The film utilizes the traditional conventions of American musical theater while adding in the fiendishly painted Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) who comments on the proceedings through song and dance. Director Bob Fosse showcases the range of his vision as a director of stage and screen, serving as both choreographer and musical director.

Based on the Kander-Ebb musical from John van Druten's play I AM A CAMERA (which, in turn, was derived from Christopher Isherwood's novel GOODBYE
TO BERLIN), CABARET was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won eight,
making it one of the most acclaimed films in movie history.

Plot Synopsis:

Sally Bowles, a singer at the Kit Kat Klub, is an American caught up in the faux-glamour of prewar Berlin. Although Sally giddily ignores the decadence that has begun to permeate every aspect of society, her Jewish friend Natasha cannot; Natasha constantly faces persecution by Nazi authorities, and her lover has entirely hidden his Jewish identity.
But Sally continues to bury herself in her own problems: in addition to the difficulties of sharing her bisexual English lover with a wealthy German homosexual, she keeps getting more and more drawn in by the sleazy and sinister atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub.

Plot Keywords:

Character Study | Dance | Essential Cinema | Love Story | Nightlife | Nostalgic | Racy | Stage Play | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: February 13, 1972
  • CABARET was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1995.
  • According to the authors of INSIDE OSCAR composers John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote the Broadway musical CABARET as a vehicle showcasing their good friend Liza Minnelli. Hal Prince, the producer and director, thought Minnelli too "inexperienced" and gave the role to Jill Haworth instead. The show became the biggest Broadway hit between 1966 and 1967.
  • When the film of the musical was finally in the making, Liza Minnelli had secured stardom, having just received an Oscar nomination for the 1969 film THE STERILE CUCKOO. Reportedly, Liza's was very excited about the film: "We're trying to show the dirt and decadence and the perverse atmosphere of Berlin when the Nazis came to power...."
  • When the film of the musical was finally in the making, Liza Minnelli was already a star, having just received an Oscar nomination for the 1969 film THE STERILE CUCKOO. Reportedly, Liza's was very excited about the film: "We're trying to show the dirt and decadence and the perverse atmosphere of Berlin when the Nazis came to power...."

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