Hitler is rising to power, racism and anti-Semitism are growing, and the best place to hide from it all is the Berlin cabaret. With dancing girls, an androgynous master of ceremonies (Grey), and American expatriate singer Sally Bowles (Minnelli), you can laugh and drink and pretend tomorrow will never come. Sally does just that. Face to face with the increasing horrors of Nazism, she persists in the belief that the "show must go on." Along for the ride is Englishman Brian Roberts (York, in a role based on Christopher Isherwood's own experiences), who serves both as participant and observer. Based on the John Kander's hit Broadway musical (and Isherwood's stories), the film is impressive, with excellent direction and cinematography.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 119 minutes.
Oscars 1972: Actress (Minnelli), Art Dir./Set Dec., Cinematog., Director (Fosse), Film Editing, Sound, Support. Actor (Grey), Orig. Song Score and/or Adapt.; British Acad. 1972: Actress (Minnelli), Director (Fosse), Film; Golden Globes 1973: Actress--Mus./Comedy (Minnelli), Film--Mus./Comedy, Support. Actor (Grey); Natl. Bd. of Review 1972: Director (Fosse), Support. Actor (Grey), Support. Actress (Berenson), Natl. Film Reg. 1995;; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1972: Support. Actor (Grey); Writers Guild 1972: Adapt. Screenplay.
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