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Cabaret

Bob Fosse pretends to be doing a Brecht-Weill while actually further sentimentalizing and glamorizing Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin—adapted by Jay Presson Allen, and apparently closer to the play I Am a Camera than to the Broadway show. Whatever this 1972 feature is, it's entertaining and stylish, though maybe not quite as serious as it wants to be. Liza Minnelli stars at her near best, and Joel Grey is the caustic nightclub emcee; both won Oscars along with Fosse, cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth, and music director Ralph Burns. With Michael York, Marisa Berenson, Helmut Griem, and Fritz Wepper; John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote the salty songs.

Credits

Director:

  • Bob Fosse

Cast:

  • Liza Minnelli
  • Joel Grey
  • Michael York
  • Helmut Griem
  • Fritz Wepper
  • Marisa Berenson
  • Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel
  • Helen Vita
  • Sigrid von Richthofen
  • Gerd Vespermann
  • Ralf Wolter
  • Georg Hartmann
  • Ricky RenĂ©e
  • Estrongo Nachama
  • Kathryn Doby
  • Inge Jaeger
  • Angelika Koch
  • Helen Velkovorska
  • Gitta Schmidt
  • Louise Quick

Writers:

  • Christopher Isherwood
  • John Van Druten
  • Joe Masteroff
  • Jay Presson Allen

Producer:

  • Cy Feuer

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