Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cabaret



1972 American Feature

Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey, Helmut Griem, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson, Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel and Helen Vita
Director: Bob Fosse
Writer: Jay Presson Allen, based on the book The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood, the play I Am a Camera by John Van Druten and the stage musical by Joe Masteroff
Songs: John Kander and Fred Ebb

Synopsis:
It is 1931 Berlin, a time when political unrest racks Germany. Amongst this chaos, several disparate characters, including an American singer, an English writer and a German baron, find escape from the encroaching Nazi regime within the anything goes atmosphere of the Kit Kat Club.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 97% / Audience: 85%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 80% / Audience: 8.5%
  • OMG rating: 9 /10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Actress (Minnelli), Supporting Actor (Grey), Director, Cinematography, Art Direction, Adapted Score, Film Editing and Sound; also nominated for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay.
  • American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature Film.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Director, Actress (Minnelli), Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound and Most Outstanding Newcomer (Grey); also nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Berenson), Screenplay, Costume Design and Film Editing.
  • David di Donatello Awards for Best Foreign Actress (Minnelli) and Best Foreign Director (Fosse).
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globes for Best Picture - Musical/Comedy, Actress (Minnelli) and Supporting Actor (Grey); also nominated for Director, Supporting Actress (Berenson), Screenplay, Original Song ("Mein Herr" and "Money, Money") and Most Promising Newcomer - Female (Berenson).
  • National Board of Review Awards for Best Film, Director, Supporting Actor (Grey) and Supporting Actress (Berenson).
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards for Supporting Actor (Grey).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Adapted Screenplay - Comedy.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The 1945 book The Berlin Stories consists of two short novels by Christopher Isherwood: 1939's Goodbye to Berlin and 1935's Mr. Norris Changes Trains.
  • John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera premiered on Broadway in 1951. The production, also directed by Van Druten, won Tony Awards for actresses Julie Harris (her first of four career Tonys) and Marian Winters. Harris reprised her performance for the film adaptation.
  • The original Broadway production of Cabaret opened in 1966 and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, winning eight, including Best Musical.
  • Potential Directors: Gene Kelly and Billy Wilder.
  • For the film, Joel Grey recreated his role as the Emcee for which he won the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He is one of only eight people who have won both a Tony and an Oscar for the same role.
  • The stage musical was revived on Broadway twice, in 1987 and 1998; the latter production won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Alan Cumming for his acclaimed performance as the Emcee. Other actors to play the Emcee after Cumming left the production include Raúl Esparza, Michael C. Hall, Neil Patrick Harris, Matt McGrath, Adam Pascal, Jon Secada and John Stamos.
  • Alan Cumming had previously played the Emcee in a 1993 British television production that also starred Jane Horrocks as Sally Bowles and was directed by Sam Mendes, who later helmed the acclaimed 1998 Broadway revival.
  • The film is significantly different from the Broadway musical, including the elimination and addition of songs, characters and subplots. The film's new songs "Mein Herr", "Maybe This Time" and "Money, Money" have often been added to subsequent stage productions.
  • Holds the record for the biggest Oscar winner (eight awards) without a Best Picture win.
  • In 1995, Cabaret was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • In 2004, "Cabaret" ranked #18 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2006, Cabaret was ranked #5 on the American Film Institute's "Greatest Movie Musicals" list.
  • In 2007, Cabaret was ranked #68 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.
  • Alan Cumming returned to play the Emcee once again in the 2014 Broadway revival, opposite Michelle Williams in her Broadway debut.

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