PG | | Drama, Musical
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.
The characters and plot in the film were based upon real persons and real events as documented in Christopher Isherwood's 1976 memoir "Christopher and His Kind." Sally Bowles was based on Jean Ross, a bohemian chanteuse whom the author shared lodgings with in Weimar Berlin and who had an abortion. Brian Roberts is based upon Isherwood himself, a gay man who occasionally had sex with women. Maximilian von Heune was based upon John Blomshield, a wealthy man who sexually pursued and then unceremoniously dumped both Isherwood and Ross. Additionally, characters in Isherwood's stories which do not appear in the film include Klaus Linke based upon Peter van Eyck. However, unlike other characters, the Emcee is not based upon a real person and was invented for the 1966 Broadway musical.
I saw a film the other day about syphilis. Ugh! It was too awful. I couldn't let a man touch me for a week. Is it true you can get it from kissing?
Fritz: Oh, yes. And your king, Henry VIII, got it from Cardinal Wolsey whispering in his ear.
Natalia: That is not, I ...
During the song "Cabaret", Sally's "cross your heart" halter dress changes from crossing left-over-right to right-over-left and back between shots.
Opening credits prologue: Berlin 1931
The bit of "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" with a chorus of Hitler Youth singing the song was cut when the film was first released in West Berlin. When the film aired on television there in 1976, the cuts were reinstated.
English, German, Hebrew, French