Willkommen to the Kit Kat Klub in the bleak heart of the Weimar Republic, with your host, the satanically seductive Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey), the exuberant singer-dancer and aspiring actress Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), and the decadent partygoers of 1930s Berlin. Their story is told in Cabaret (1972), directed by Bob Fosse and loosely based on the 1966 Broadway musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, which was inspired, in turn, by Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939).
Only a few musical numbers from the stage production were used for the screen adaptation while new ones were written specifically for the film, and all but one of them take place inside the infamous Kit Kat Klub. Featuring such memorable songs as “Money, Money,” “Maybe This Time,” the chilling “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” and the title track, Fosse's film depicts a milieu of corruption, sexual ambiguity, and decay in which the false dreams of individuals—and a nation—are soon shattered by the specter of Nazism.
Opening to enthusiastic reviews and commercial success, Cabaret received eight Oscars (including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor), and holds the record for the most Oscars earned by a film not honored for Best Picture (which went to The Godfather that year). Come, then, old chum, to the cabaret, and experience, in the words of Sally Bowles, the “divine decadence, darling” of a brilliant film musical.
Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.