Cabaret (Film) Background

Cabaret (Film) Background

Inspired by The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood, Cabaret is a musical/drama film directed by Bob Fosse released in 1972. It was an extremely successful film, winning 8 Oscars and earning $48.2 million worldwide.

The movie is set in 1931 pre-Hitler Germany, under the government of the Weimar Republic and growing Nazi party influence. It centers around Sally Bowes, a young American living in Berlin, and her relationship with her reserved and ungainly neighbor Brian Roberts. Another theme of the story however, is the rampant anti-semitism that begins to build in Germany, with two of the side characters, Fritz and Natalia, being caught in the fray.

Cabaret was a huge critical and box office success, one of the most influential movies of all time. Critics praised it; one reporter from Variety accurately sums it up by saying: "It is literate, bawdy, sophisticated, sensual, cynical, heart-warming, and disturbingly thought-provoking." It is listed as #367 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.

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