Cabaret Movie Review Summary

Actors: Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York

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Liza Minelli as the character Sally Bowles is extraordinary. The film is set in the early Nazi period of Germany when Hitler was first coming to power. It explores the changes in society from how the Jews were affected to how the racy underworld nightlife of Berlin was changed.
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The film is ripe with political satire which condemns the Nazi propaganda of the times and at the same time is reflective of the turmoil that is going on. Sally falls in love with the character Brian (played by Michael York) who is a stunningly handsome man immediately charmed by her outrageous attitude. But Brain happens to be gay and both he and Sally fall for the same rich man (who is bisexual) in the hopes that he, the character of Maximilian von Heune (played by Helmut Greim) can whisk them away to the life of the rich elite to party and have fun while the World War II is imminent.

Alas, the happy ending is not to be for either Sally or Brian as Helmut quickly tires of both of them, leaving them abandoned to wonder what to make of their situation.
Best part of story, including ending: This film is a very intimate look at the changes that occurred in Germany prior to World War II through the eyes of the nightlife and those that live in the alternative lifestyles.

Best scene in story: The song "If You Could See Her Through My Eyes" where the MC of the Cabaret show, Joel Grey parodies falling in love with a Jewish girl who is represented in the musical number by a gorilla.

Opinion about the main character: Sally just seems to want to have fun and is caught up in the times like a ship without a rudder.

The review of this Movie prepared by Willi Vision a Level 31 Creepy Stalker Barn Owl scholar

In the decadent 1930s era of Weimar Republic Berlin, American singer and dancer Sally Bowles (Minelli) headlines at the Kit-Kat club and dreams of being a star, but her life is fueled not only by dreams but alcohol, drugs, and one-night stands. When she meets the staid Englishman Brian Roberts (York) who lives in her boardinghouse and teaches English, she automatically tries to seduce him but they become friends instead. Both, however, are taken by wealthy German playboy Max (Helmut Griem), and when Sally becomes pregnant, Brian offers to marry her. Bigger problems face them, however, as the Nazis are coming to power. This 1972 film version of the Broadway musical (based on John Van Druten's play "I Am a Camera," in turn inspired by Christopher Isherwood's autobiographical novel _Berlin Stories) was directed by Bob Fosse and won 8 Oscars, but not Best Picture.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

This musical adaptation set in pre-World War II Germany is about Sally Bowles, an American jazz singer at the Kit-Kat Klub. When an English teacher named Brian arrives at her door, she invites him into her home, and they fall in love. Sally takes him to the Klub, where he meets Max, who begins to teach English. Max then falls in love with another of Brian's students, and the two couples start going on picnics, and walks toghether in the park. It is then when the Nazis invade Berlin. Throughout the film, the Master of Ceremonies, and Sally perform acts in the Klub, including "The Money Song", "Wilkommen", and "Mein Herr".
The review of this Movie prepared by Estefan Ellison

Everyone is welcome to The Cabaret--but be forewarned. Things are never as they seem! Based upon Christopher Isherwood's “I Am a Camera,” “Cabaret” comes vividly alive on film (after much success on stage) and it is Liza Minnelli who provides the electricity as Sally
Bowles. It's 1931 Berlin, a city swimming in madness of all kinds, not the least of which is political. Sally is a cabaret dancer at the famed Kit Kat Klub who becomes involved with a down-and-out Englishman who is trying to make a living as a writer (Michael York). Heavy with social significance, the film, however, is able to carry this responibility without being didactic. Joel Grey plays the master of ceremonies in true Oscar-winning style (he'd
also starred in this role on stage). Director Bob Fosse's eight Academy Awards was one of the year's biggest cinematic triumphs.

The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   singer Kind of conflict:    -   war, WW II

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor    -   dancer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing

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