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'Cabaret' revisited

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The groundbreaking musical four decades later By Bryan ReesmanSpecial to MSN MovieForty-one years after its release, the Oscar-winning, Bob Fosse-directed adaptation of the hit musical "Cabaret" continues to hold a special place in the hearts of theatergoers and film buffs. Based on the 1966 musical (music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff) that was inspired by the play "I Am a Camera" by John Van Druten (in turn based on stories by Christopher Isherwood), its groundbreaking format, cinematography and dramatic exploration of the rise of Nazi-ism set within the decadent Weimar Republic in Germany have drawn it acclaim and also given it a long life on video. "Instead of making it a musical musical, it's as my dad said, 'Strange and wonderful," declared star Liza Minnelli.At a recent screening of the film's 40th anniversary restoration at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City -- coinciding with the release of the souped-up new Blu-ray book release from Warner Home Video -- the multi-generational audience laughed, cheered and applauded at various parts of the famed film. "Cabaret" focuses on the Berlin-based romantic triangle between American cabaret singer and aspiring star Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), British writer Brian Roberts (Michael York) and German playboy baron Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem) as well as the blossoming romance between poor businessman Fritz Wendel (Fritz Wepper) and wealthy Jewish heiress Natalia Landauer (Marisa Berenson), all contrasted with the growing Nazi menace.MSN Movies spoke with Minnelli, Grey, York and Berenson about the making of "Cabaret," their fond memories of its production and the film's personal and cultural significance.For more movie news, follow MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter.
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