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Saturday, August 24, 2013

188 of 1001 Movies: Cabaret (1972)

Somehow between the early 70's and the late 70's, Bob Fosse got a lot more wilder with the sexuality in his movie. In Cabaret we only get the heavily alluded sexual events that take place in the character's lives, whereas with All That Jazz we see almost all of it. Bob Fosse though does know how to bring to life very troubled characters though, and then mesh dark images with the carefree lives that the characters try to lead. Fosse movies have this very dark attitude with the all the happier show tunes that is scary, but at the same time mesmerizing. I will say I think The Godfather was ripped off the Oscars in 1972. It only took home 3 whereas Cabaret took home 8.

Summary: Sally Bowles works at a female girlie entertainment club called the Kit-Kat Club. She truly is aspiring to be a big actress or find the big fame in some way. It's the Weimer Republic era Berlin though, and while she is seeing two men, the Nazis are rising up around them causing many to flee for the sake of love while Sally seems to remain unaware. The bi-sexual, Brian, though seems a lot more aware of the events that are happening especially as close friends begin to leave the city.


Acting: Well the acting is going to depend on how you like Liza Minneli's very over the top portrayal of Sally. The girl seems to not have a care in the world except sex, drinking, and trying to reach a lot of fame. A lot of people might be curious as to why Brian would have even been intrigued by her enough to date her. Maybe because of her feminine body but boyish face? Brian though is portrayed by Michael York. York I think adds the most depth to his character because the guy seems to be a little worried unlike Sally about the terrifying idea of the Nazis slowly swaying over the German people.

Filming: There is a very good technique the director uses to tie in the events happening in Berlin with those in the characters lives. Somehow while the two seem unrelated it also shows a lot about how the characters respond to the power of the Nazis. You see lots of violent scenes thrown in during the musical bits that make the movie just seem really dark. It reminded me a lot of All that Jazz. The scenes are well choreographed, and have catchy show tunes that show a very excited audience to be watching, while the Nazis murder people outside the club they have been at first unaccepted at. The movie does this very dark thing by the end of showing how the Nazis have been accepted at the club and make up a huge part of the audience.

Plot: The plot isn't really the main alluring part of the movie.  Sally just isn't a character that I think most people would want to be. She seems to be very self-absorbed. One moment Brian is trying to talk to her about himself, and the next she is cutting him off to talk about herself. He just doesn't seem to have found a companion that is more than someone who has provided him with his first real satisfying sexual experience, and maybe that is the point. He seems to be a guy who still needs someone also that he can relate to family, intellectually, and sexually with yet she doesn't have all that.

Cabaret may keep many away because they think it's just for a certain audience, but I think there are things about this movie that are appealing even if it is known as a musical. It isn't like the light hearted fun musicals, but it shows a darker turn in what Fosse believed could be musicals telling darker tales that contrasted with the sounds of light show tunes. Another one last thing, but the color was vividly amazing.

Rating 6 of 10.


Cabaret (1972) on IMDb

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