Cabaret - 30th Anniversary Special Edition details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Michael York, Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper|
|Studio:||FREMANTLE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Cabaret - 30th Anniversary Special Edition
|Run time:||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Jun 2009|
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Cabaret, 1972By Jolene from Brixton, London , 07 Apr 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Bob Fosse?s 'Cabaret? is a timeless classic and richly deserved its eight Academy Award?s. Set in Berlin in 1931, the film takes its name from the singing and dancing shows that were popular in nightclubs in the inter-war years. Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) is a cabaret performer. Brian Roberts, (Michael York) is a reserved English man, newly arrived in Germany to teach his native language. The two become inseparable friends and lovers despite Brian?s homosexual tendencies.
Minnelli?s dazzling Oscar-winning performance steals the show. She performs flamboyantly on stage and off, singing and dancing, flirting and fornicating. Sally is steadfast in her belief that she will someday be a movie star and throughout we see her as a dreamer. However, in the closing scenes, it seems that realism does prevail, it?s just not how we expected.
The characters are generally stereotypes. Sally is a brash liberated American. Brian is a staid upper class English-man. Natalia (Marisa Berenson) is a rich Jew heiress, a woman who takes love seriously. Fritz (Fritz Wepper) is a penniless Protestant, a man who is flippant when it comes to love and sees a rich woman as a meal ticket. Joel Grey, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor is the flamboyant, transvestite Master of Ceremonies.
The movie is set against the backdrop of a rising Nazi Germany. The fervour of the German people is felt intensely when a young boy in Nazi uniform raises an Aryan crowd to its feet singing with keen passion the words of the song ?Tomorrow Belongs To Me?.
However, the two main characters are eager to embrace the fun side of life. They drink, they dance, they sing, they entertain and indulge in general debauchery which is great to watch as they never take themselves too seriously.
The setting, cinematography choreography and music are absolutely fantastic. Even if you aren?t a fan of musicals, this one is worth watching. The singing is confined mainly to the cabaret and unlike many musicals, there is a lot of straight-talking dialogue.
It is worth watching for nostalgic purposes alone. Just sit back and loose yourself in the wonderful whirling world of the cabaret.
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A way to light up a wet SundayBy bchrisex (8 reviews) , 29 Apr 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI find this movie thoroughly enjoyable & now really want to see the show on stage!! On a gloomy Sunday , the movie took us to an early 1930's Germany , the songs brilliantly encapsulating a nation torn apart by the Wall Street crash , political upheavels , the rise of the Nazis & the live for the moment decadence permeating throughout .....
Liza Minelli is brilliant as the aspiring actress Sally Bowles but the man who makes the movie for me is the performance of Joel Gray as a repulsive sinister but charismatic master of ceremonies.
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable show in which the film plot & the songs throughout collaberate perfectly to make a high class highly watchable film with songs you may find yourself singing to yourself later !
Amazing film....By fairydust84 (2 reviews) , 18 Aug 2011Just brilliant!! The music,costumes,acting ... all superb.. First time Ive watched it since i was a young girl and i understood the whole film this time round! Some parts are very dark and sinister,whilst there are moments where Sally gets a glimmer of happiness.. Watch it... even if your not a fan of musicals i bet you would enjoy this.
Star vehicle still rolling onBy ash53 (53 reviews) from newbury , 13 May 2011It might have been a star vehicle for Liza but by Jove did she pull it off! The whole film jangles with the tensions of the times, totally seductive, dirty , smelly,evil and perfectly cast - it must be a nightmare to hit that nail that hard at that age - mind you I suppose we forget that Liza WAS actually a big stage star before she did this - but what a performance.
Life is a CabaretBy a customer from Norwich , 08 Dec 2009DVD is faulty at approx 70 minutes
Both picture and sound break up
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DecadenceBy filmdabbler (17 reviews) from Faversham, Kent , 09 Sep 2009A film which exposes not only how decadent and shallow one can approach life but how in spite of that people can flit through life. Lisa Minelli is brilliant. It is a musical but a good one at that.
Make the effort, whether you feel like analysing relationships, listening to good music or just enjoying a good film this is one for everybody.