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Cabaret (1972) Movie Reviews

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09/05/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

In here life is (not so) beautiful

Although Liza Minelli was in her prime this production does neither her or the fabulous Joel Grey justice. Severely rewriting the original broadway score and changing many subdetails of the plot did not improve the quality either. Having been in on stage productions of this show some of the decisions on how to stage the musical numbers also seems underwhelming. So much talent, so much waste. It's not a wonder when people think of the great musical movies that Cabaret isn't one of them. Of course, Hollywood also hates unhappy endings and so does the public, and Cabaret is definitely not a feel good storyline. After 33+years it is an interesting look back at the style of the time as far as what the makers of the movies thought would look good for a mid 1930's era film.

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06/20/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Cabaret review

The 1930 set film revolves around dancer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), writer/teacher Brian Roberts (Michael York) and the affluent Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem). The three leads share sexual experiences and heartaches only to boil down to an unborn fetus being aborted. Pacing was dreadful, conclusion just unsatisfying, the songs uninspiring, characters too weird and plot was not compelling. The picture seems to manipulate the song and dance numbers and tries to make a star out of Liza Minnelli. Even the subplots were a bore. This is a prime example of a not so entertaining drama musical since the direction was allover the place. Overall, Cabaret only works if it was purely a musical, as a film it just doesn't work on all aspects, despite casting a populr musicl artist.

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