Bob Fosse, Cabaret, 1972 (still); image: courtesy United Archives GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo

Film

Cabaret

Part of Modern Cinema: Sparks on Celluloid

Selected by Todd Haynes and Christine Vachon

“Fosse won an Oscar for best director for his masterful handling of socio-sexual and political themes in the form of a musical, a genre previously reserved for lighter subject matter. Liza Minnelli provides an Oscar-winning performance as Sally Bowles, an émigré aspiring to stardom at the Kit Kat Club in late Weimar-era Berlin. The seedy, decadent atmosphere of the club, where escapism and denial are ever-present, provides an ominous backdrop to the encroaching threat of the Nazi party occurring in the world outside.”
— Harvard Film Archive

“The film gains a good deal from its willingness to isolate its musical stage — even to observe it from behind the heads of a shadowy audience in the foreground — so that every time we return to the girls and their leering master (by now, a superbly refined caricature) we return, as it were, to a sense of theater.”
— Roger Greenspun, The New York Times

“A great movie musical, made, miraculously, without compromise; taking its form from political cabaret, it’s a satire of temptations….With Joel Grey as our devil-doll host…and Liza Minnelli as exuberant, corruptible Sally Bowles, chasing after the life of a headliner no matter what.”
The New Yorker



Film Details

Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 1972
Running time: 124 min
Format: 35mm
Director: Bob Fosse
Screenwriter: Jay Presson Allen
Producer: Cy Feuer
Cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth

Editor: David Bretherton
Source: Swank


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