The final shot of the hit film CABARET is a Nazi meeting reflected in a mirror, providing the chilling historical subtext for this groundbreaking musical movie, set in prewar Berlin. Not since GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) had Hollywood produced a more successful film. CABARET was a convention-shattering story that dealt with themes like bisexuality that were still under the radar in the US. Additionally, CABARET made the enormously talented Liza Minnelli an American icon.
Minnelli plays Sally Bowles, an aspiring singer and dancer. The main plot revolves around her relationship with two different men and her life as a singer at the Kit Kat Klub. The film utilizes the traditional conventions of American musical theater while adding in the fiendishly painted Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) who comments on the proceedings through song and dance. Director Bob Fosse showcases the range of his vision as a director of stage and screen, serving as both choreographer and musical director.
Based on the Kander-Ebb musical from John van Druten's play I AM A CAMERA (which, in turn, was derived from Christopher Isherwood's novel GOODBYE
TO BERLIN), CABARET was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won eight,
making it one of the most acclaimed films in movie history.
Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration 1972
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1972
Academy Awards Best Sound 1972
Academy Awards Best Director 1972 Bob Fosse Director/Choreog./Dancer
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1972 Joel Grey American Actor/Singer/Dancer, CABARET (1972)
Academy Awards Best Actress 1972 Liza Minnelli American Actress, CABARET (1972)
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1972 Geoffrey Unsworth British Director Of Photography
Academy Awards Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score 1972 Ralph Burns American Composer