A musical adaptation of writer Christopher Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical “The Berlin Stories” and “I Am a Camera,” John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “Cabaret” was memorably brought to the screen by choreographer-director Bob Fosse (“Lenny,” “All That Jazz”). In 1931 Berlin, American cabaret singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) meets British academic Brian Roberts (Michael York), who is finishing his university studies. Despite Brian's confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, but the arrival of the wealthy and decadent playboy Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem) complicates matters for them both. Their love triangle plays out against the rise of the Nazi party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic. Although it lost the Best Picture prize to “The Godfather,” “Cabaret” won eight Academy Awards, including Best Director (Fosse), Best Actress (Minnelli), and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey).
Intro and discussion by Calvin Wilson, theater and dance critic and former film and jazz critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.