Berlinale: Programme


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Retrospective

Cabaret

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In early 1930s Berlin, aspiring writer Brian Roberts falls in love with honky-tonk singer Sally Bowles. The ex-pat American with her zest for life takes the uptight British academic on a merry tour of the nightlife of a capital city already abounding with the aggressive presence of the Nazis. The relationship is tested when they meet rich aristocrat Max, and Sally begins an affair with him. But she’s not the only one …
This film version of the Broadway musical won eight Oscars. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s "Berlin Stories", Cabaret's portrayal of a disreputable, promiscuous and decadent milieu was to set the international style for depictions of pre-war Berlin.
Associate producer Harold Nebenzal, who was born in 1922 in Berlin, and emigrated in 1933 with his father, producer Seymour Nebenzal, has a voice-over cameo as a radio announcer. Nebenzal was later to evoke the milieu and historical background of the film in his brilliantly written thriller "Café Berlin" (1992), the story of a Jewish nightclub owner who survives the Nazis. The film will be introduced by Harold Nebenzal.

USA 1972, 124 min

by

Bob Fosse

with

Liza Minnelli
Michael York
Helmut Griem