Cambridge University student Brian Roberts arrives in Berlin in 1931 to complete his German studies. Without much money, he plans on making a living teaching English while living in an inexpensive rooming house, where he befriends another of the tenants, American Sally Bowles. She is outwardly a flamboyant, perpetually happy person who works as a singer at the decadent Kit Kat Klub, a cabaret styled venue. Sally’s outward façade is matched by that of the Klub, overseen by the omnipresent Master of Ceremonies. Sally draws Brian into her world, and initially wants him to be one of her many lovers, until she learns that he is a homosexual, albeit a celibate one. Among their other friends are his students, the poor Fritz Wendel, who wants to be a gigolo to live a comfortable life, and the straight-laced and beautiful Natalia Landauer, a Jewish heiress. Fritz initially sees Natalia as his money ticket, but eventually falls for her. However Natalia is suspect of his motives and cannot overcome their religious differences. Also into Sally and Brian’s life comes the wealthy Baron Maximilian von Heune, who has the same outlook on life as Sally, but who has the money to support it. Max is willing to lavish his new friends with gifts and his favors. Around them all is the Nazi uprising, to which they seem to pay little attention or care. But they ultimately learn that life in all its good and particularly bad continues to happen to them and around them. —IMDb
Director and choreographer Robert Louis “Bob” Fosse was born on June 23rd, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the youngest of six children born to an Irish mother and a Norwegian father.
Dancing from a young age, Fosse eventually teamed up with another young dancer by the name of Charles Grass. They began collaborating under a joint name, The Riff Brothers, and performed in a number of theaters around Chicago.
Before long Fosse was noted for his talents and was hired for a show called Tough Situation. Slightly larger than his Riff Brothers act, Tough Situation toured a number of military and naval bases abroad in the Pacific, which essentially served as his tour of duty for his nation. Fosse commented later that he perfected his techniques as performer, choreographer and director while on this tour.
After Tough Situation ended Fosse moved to Hollywood, looking to be the next Fred Astaire (a fellow dancer and choreographer). He achieved success relatively quickly… read more
As you witness a standard three-way romance plot you start to realize the song's relevance to the story, the MC's mysterious presence, and the ignorance of the characters towards the increasing Nazi presence. Then the ending comes and it ties it all together wonderfully; a lesser film would've relied heavily on the play or used the Nazis as a occasional subtext that isn't fully realized.
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Language: English, German
Genre: Musical, Drama
Director: Bob Fosse
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