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Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical was in turn based on Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, previously dramatized for stage and screen as I Am a Camera with Julie Harris as Sally Bowles. Fosse uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"Bob Fosse's direction is as chaotic as it was in his previous Sweet Charity, a desperate scramble after a style."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Superbly choreographed by Fosse, the cabaret numbers evoke the Berlin of 1931 - city of gaiety and perversion, of champagne and Nazi propaganda - so vividly that only an idiot could fail to perceive that something is rotten in the state of Weimar."
‑ , Time Out
"It's an all-time masterpiece, mercurial and timeless. I am changed every time I see it."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Let's just say it: the best thing going in director Bob Fosse's tour de force is Joel Grey. As the Master of Ceremonies at the infamous Berlin Kit-Kat club, Grey steals every scene he's in and makes us hope for more."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"After a decade of stagnant musicals, Bob Fosse reenergizes the genre with a dazzling, intelligent, and socially conscious musical more reflective of the zeitgeist of the 1970s--Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey are brilliant."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The screenplay, which never seems to talk down to an audience while at the same time making its candid points with tasteful emphasis, returns the story to a variety of settings."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"...the context of Germany on the eve of the Nazi ascent to power makes the entire musical into an unforgettable cry of despair."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Cabaret is in some respects a typical feel-good musical, yet it's also so much deeper than that."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"simply masterful in every way"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The classic musical..much better than Chicago"
‑ Edward Douglas,
"Whatever this 1972 feature is, it's entertaining and stylish, though maybe not quite as serious as it wants to be."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Everybody in Cabaret is very fine, and meticulously chosen for type, down to the last weary transvestite and to the least of the bland, blond open-faced Nazis in the background."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Influential '70s musical features sex and mature themes."
‑ Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
"A great classic film."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Chilling Fosse vision of Weimar Berlin, stylishly directed and choreographed, featuring a show-stopping musical performance by Minnelli, Grey's unforgettable emcee and thoughtful acting from Michael York."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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