Drama, Musical, Romance


Director: Bob Fosse CastLiza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson, Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Liza Minnelli); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joel Grey); Best Director (Bob Fosse); Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Adapted Screenplay

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: An entertainer at a club in Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Did You Know? The film won 8 of the 10 Oscars it was nominated for, setting a record for the most wins without also winning Best Picture. To date, no other film has surpassed this record.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Delving into the complexity of human sexuality at the brink of Nazi accession, this is an incredibly important film, beautifully acted, magnificently directed, and expertly choreographed. I’ve often wondered how Francis Ford Coppola lost Best Director for The Godfather, but now I find myself wondering how Cabaret lost Best Picture. I’m guessing it’s because it explores such “taboo” topics as homosexuality, bisexuality, drag queens, and abortions. Why wouldn’t a conservative Academy play it safe and opt for a violent gangster film instead?

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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