One more musical tonight before the big Hamilton release tomorrow is one that I had not seen before, but had a couple of great songs that I had always liked. It was a multiple Oscar winning musical called Cabaret.
Berlin, 1931. Weimar Republic. Cambridge University student Brian Roberts (Michael York) arrived to complete his German studies. He rents a room in an inexpensive rooming house where he can teach English. At this rooming house, Brian meets Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), a performer at the Kit Kat Club, a cabaret club run by the all-knowing Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey). Brian and Sally hook up and drama ensues.
Liza Minnelli staked her claim in the lead role as she was just brilliant. She showed such range and an unbelievable amount of talent. Then, Joel Grey, who played his role on Broadway, is the Greek muse of the 1930 German with the MoC.
The film deals with a ton of topics as well, from abortion to Nazism to antisemitism. Plus, all kinds of sexual issues. The controversy was gigantic for Cabaret and it did not shy away from anything.
Bob Fosse directed the film in his defining style. He did win the Academy Award for Best Director for his work. Both Minnelli and Grey won Oscars too. Cabaret won 8 Academy Awards and became the film to have won the most Oscars without winning the Best Picture.
I enjoyed the film considerably and I was really impressed with the talent involved.