Feb 6, 2013 6:59AM
Interesting that Liza audition three times for the same roll in the original stage production, and didn't get cast. Then goes on to star in the movie version and win the Oscar, which she richly deserved.
As for favorite musical moment, all of them! "Maybe this time" however is a standout.
Feb 6, 2013 7:13AM
When it is done with the right actors, it is absolutely great. I saw it performed by two different Stage Productions last year and each one was surperb
Feb 6, 2013 8:07AM
Great movie, great songs, great great acting. One of the best musicals ever. I give it 5+ stars.
Feb 6, 2013 3:14AM
I spent many years in Germany with the military. I loved the movie Cabaret.
Feb 7, 2013 1:33PM
One of my favorites from over 40 yrs. ago. I was in the army in W. Germany in the early 60s for 30 months as a sp5 in flight operations at two bases. Four DMs to the dollar so we Yanks had plenty to spend drinking beer in the NCO clubs and in biergartens with locals. I took advantage of 3 day passes and 30 days leave a year. I'm Alsatian on my fathers' side (Strasbourg on the Rhine dividing Germany and France)---I learned some passable German. Not Bavarian. The setting of Cabaret before '33 and Hitler and his henchmen was very foreboding about the coming Apocalypse 12 yrs.later.
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The groundbreaking musical four decades later
By Bryan Reesman
Forty-one years after its release, the Oscar-winning, Bob Fosse-directed adaptation of the hit musical "Cabaret" continues to hold a special place in the hearts of theatergoers and film buffs. Based on the 1966 musical (music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff) that was inspired by the play "I Am a Camera" by John Van Druten (in turn based on stories by Christopher Isherwood), its groundbreaking format, cinematography and dramatic exploration of the rise of Nazism set within the decadent Weimar Republic in Germany have drawn it acclaim and also given it a long life on video. "Instead of making it a musical musical, it's as my dad said, 'Strange and wonderful,'" declared star Liza Minnelli.
At a recent screening of the film's 40th anniversary restoration at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York -- coinciding with the release of the souped-up new Blu-ray release from Warner Home Video -- the multigenerational audience laughed, cheered and applauded at various parts of the famed film. "Cabaret" focuses on the Berlin-based love triangle between American cabaret singer and aspiring star Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), British writer Brian Roberts (Michael York) and German playboy baron Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem), as well as the blossoming romance between poor businessman Fritz Wendel (Fritz Wepper) and wealthy Jewish heiress Natalia Landauer (Marisa Berenson), all contrasted with the growing Nazi menace.
MSN Movies spoke with Minnelli, Grey, York and Berenson about the making of "Cabaret," their fond memories of its production, and the film's personal and cultural significance.
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