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Plot, Details & Awards

Cabaret

(1972)
In Theaters 02/13/1972 , 124min.
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Plot & Details

Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical was in turn based on Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, previously dramatized for stage and screen as I Am a Camera with Julie Harris as Sally Bowles. Fosse uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant American entertainer Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli. Sally works at the Kit Kat Klub, a George Grosz-like Berlin cabaret where each night the smirking, androgynous Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) introduces a jazz-driven "girlie show" to his debauched audience. Virtually all the film's musical numbers are staged within the confines of the Kit Kat Klub, and each song comments on the plot and on Germany's "progression" from hedonism to Hitlerism. Most of the Broadway score by John Kander and Fred Ebb was retained, with the welcome addition of "The Money Song." Although it lost Best Picture to The Godfather, Cabaret won eight Oscars, including awards to Minnelli, Grey, and Fosse. A heavily expurgated 88-minute version of Cabaret has been prepared for commercial TV presentations, regarded by many as dramatically inferior to the full cut.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Hans Jurgen Kiebach Won
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Herbert Strabel Won
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Won
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Liza Minnelli Won
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth Won
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Cy Feuer Nominated
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Rolf Zehetbauer Won
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound David Hildyard Won
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing David Bretherton Won
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Bob Fosse Won
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adaptation and Original Song Score Ralph Burns Won
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Jay Presson Allen Nominated
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Joel Grey Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Art Direction Rolf Zehetbauer Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Most Promising Newcomer Joel Grey Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Liza Minnelli Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Bob Fosse Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Arthur Piantadosi Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Bob Fosse Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack David Hildyard Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Marisa Berenson Nominated
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Female Marisa Berenson Nominated
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Liza Minnelli Won
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Joel Grey Won
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song John Kander Nominated
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Bob Fosse Nominated
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Jay Presson Allen Nominated
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Won
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Fred Ebb Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Art Direction Rolf Zehetbauer Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Most Promising Newcomer Joel Grey Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Liza Minnelli Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Bob Fosse Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Arthur Piantadosi Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Bob Fosse Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack David Hildyard Won
1972 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 Directors Guild of America Best Director Bob Fosse Nominated

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Joel Grey Won
1972 National Board of Review Best Picture Won
1972 National Board of Review Best Director Bob Fosse Won
1972 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Marisa Berenson Won

Venice International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 Venice International Film Festival Film Presented Bob Foss Nominated

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