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Cabaret 1972 film review

Cabaret  1972 film review

Cabaret (1972, United States)

Running time
124 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★★★★ 10 / 10

Berlin, early 1930s. Fascism is taking over the power, terror and violence are growing. But the high classes doesn’t seem to notice thah when they are having good time in nightclubs. In one of them - called "Cabaret" - American singer Sally Bowles is a star. She is a free spirit and has rather light approach to life, at least until young Englishman Brian Roberts moves into the building she lives. Sally wants to seduce him right away, but it seems to be impossible and they become friends. However, after some time, friendship turns into love. But does love has the chance to survive? Meanwhile, you see more and more growing terror: Jews fleeing from Germany, at the back of the cabaret militants torture a man. One of the best scenes in the film is a scene in the cafe, where a young boy from Hitlerjugend begins to sing in beautiful tenor a song about a butterfly, which gradually turns into a manifesto of fascism and to which all the people around stretch their arms in the Nazi gesture. I watched this scene many times and each time I got chills.

The film is a film version of the Broadway musical "Cabaret". This film introduces a new tendency in the musical genre - drama. Before that musicals usually presented the happy world full of fun and happy endings. Cabaret was also a beginning of international fame for Liza Minnelli. Songs from this film have become enduring hits. Joey Grey as the Master of Ceremonies, together with Liza, is brilliant. The film won 8 Oscars for best director, best leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor, camera work, scenography, music, editing and sound.

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Creators of Cabaret

Joel Grey films

Joel Grey


Jay Presson Allen films

Jay Presson Allen


Cast of Cabaret

Liza Minnelli films

Liza Minnelli

as Sally Bowles

Michael York films

Michael York

as Brian Roberts

Joel Grey films

Joel Grey

as Master of Ceremonies

Helmut Griem films

Helmut Griem

as Maximilian von Heune

Fritz Wepper films

Fritz Wepper

as Fritz Wendel

Marisa Berenson films

Marisa Berenson

as Natalia Landauer

Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel films

Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel

as Fraulein Schneider

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Trivia about Cabaret

Casting Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli was from the beginning considered to play the main character and the songs were written especially for her.