CABARET (1972) C widescreen 124m dir: Bob Fosse
w/Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson, Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel, Sigrid von Richthofen, Helen Vita, Gerd Vespermann
From The Movie Guide: "Chilling Fosse version of Weimar Berlin, stylishly directed and choreographed, featuring a show-stopping musical performance by Minnelli, Grey's unforgettable emcee and thoughtful acting from Michael York. The screenplay utilizes much of the Broadway musical's book, but also is influenced by both play and screen versions of I AM A CAMERA [which were based on Christopher Isherwood's 1939 book]. Englishman Brian Roberts (York) arrives in Berlin, takes a small flat, and meets a promiscuous, eccentric American, Sally Bowles (Minnelli), who earns her living singing in the seedy Kit Kat Club. Brian, a bisexual, becomes involved with both Sally and a wealthy German playboy (Griem); meanwhile, Nazism is ever more evidently on the rise.
"Minnelli's knockout musical delivery tends to obscure the film's finer points, and, because Liza literally becomes a star before our eyes, her enactment of Sally Bowles's tragic mediocrity isn't plausible. Fosse wisely scrapped several weak songs from the original score and songwriters [John] Kander and [Fred] Ebb added some fine new ones. Everyone raves about 'Money,' the Grey-Minnelli duet, but the film's real showstoppers are 'Mein Herr,' where Liza rivals Dietrich in evoking Weimar-era decadence, and 'Tomorrow Belongs to Me,' in which a freshfaced German youth is gradually revealed as a Nazi. The final fadeout is extraordinary."
CABARET won eight Oscars: Best Director, Actress (Minnelli), Supporting Actor (Grey), Cinematography (Geoffrey Unsworth), Art Direction (Rolf Zehetbauer, Jurgen Kiebach, Herbert Strabel), Sound (Robert Knudsen, David Hildyard), Score (Ralph Burns), and Editing (David Bretherton). It was also nominated for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay (Jay Presson Allen).