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Technical description Released year: 1972 Budget: $6M Gross: $42.8M USA Genre: Drama / Music / Musical / Romance Runtime: 124 min Awards: Won 8 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 13 nominations. •  Production co: ABC pictures •  Distributor: Allied artists pictures •  •  •  •  •  • 

Filmmakers: -  Bob Fosse - Director -  Joe Masteroff - Writer (book of the musical play "Cabaret") -  John Van Druten - Writer (play "I Am a Camera") -  Christopher Isherwood - Writer (stories) -  Jay Allen - Writer (screenplay) -  Cy Feuer - Producer -  Geoffrey Unsworth - Cinematographer -  John Kander - Composer -  Rolf Zehetbauer - Production Designer

Casting: Liza Minnelli ... Sally Bowles  Michael York ... Brian Roberts   Helmut Griem ... Maximilian von Heune   Joel Grey ... Master of Ceremonies   Fritz Wepper ... Fritz Wendel   Marisa Berenson ... Natalia Landauer   Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ... Fräulein Schneider   Helen Vita ... Fräulein Kost   Sigrid Von Richthofen ... Fräulein Mayr   Gerd Vespermann ... Bobby   Ralf Wolter ... Herr Ludwig   Georg Hartmann ... Willi   Ricky Renee¹ ... Elke    

Starring: main actors •  Lizza Minnelli as Sally Bowles

•  Michael York as Brian Roberts

Taglines •  ‘The Award-Winning Smash Hit Musical’ [UK Video] •  ‘A divinely decadent experience!’ [UK Quad Poster] •  ‘Come to the Cabaret’ [UK Quad Poster] •  ‘Life is a Cabaret’

Story • Sally Bowles, an American singer in 1930s Berlin, fall in love with bi-sexual Brian. They are both then seduced by Max, a rich playboy. Sally becomes pregnant, and Brian offers to marry her... All the characters are linked by the Kit-Kat club, a nightspot where Sally sings.

•  Berlin 1931. •  Berlin, Weimar Republic, 1931 •  Cabaret dancer in The Kit-Kat club. •  Brian Roberts moves in at Sally’s, and gives English classes in her room. •  Falls in love with Brian Roberts. •  Pregnant but who’s the father?

Historical background • Germany post-Treaty of Versailles > Humiliation and frustration Berlin, Weimar Republic, 1930 > "Decadence", Aristocracy is declining • Political unrest racks the country > Age of the extremes ; strong contrast between a very powerful left wing (communist and socialist) and the "new" national socialist far right wing of Hitler who will take the power 3 years after. • The German 20's > Strong cultural and artistic movements, powerful and dark. • The economy is quite destroyed > the 29' crisis affects the society and millions of unemployed roam the streets. • Enter into this chaos an American cabaret dancer, working at the downtown "Kit-Kat club" where anything goes on the stage. Into this young dancer's life come several characters such as a rich German politician, a young Jewish man struggling with his identity, an Englishman teacher from London, and of course the all-knowing, all-seeing Master of Ceremonies.

Memorable quotes: Natalia: I am sorry to borther you, but I could not tell no one else. I do not know no other women who gives her body so frequently… Oh!! I am sorry, my English. Have I offended you? Sally: Oh no, not at all. Brain: Screw Maximillan! Sally: I do. Brian: So do I. Sally: You two bastards! Brian: Two? Two? Shouldn’t that be three? Sally: Bri, listen… we’re practically living together, so if you only like boys I wouldn’t dream of pestering you. (pause) Sally: Well, do you sleep with girls or don’t you? Brian: Sally! You don’t ask questions like that! Sally: I do.

Sally: Have you got a cigarette? I’m desperate!!! Sally: Don’t be so British! Sally: I’m going to be a great film star! That is, if booze and sex don’t get me first. Brian: What is it darling? Sally: GOD DAMN IT, I’M GOING TO HAVE A BABY! Fritz Wendel: Do you know what she has done to me? It’s terrible! She has turned me into an honest man.

Comparation of two scenes Tomorrow belongs to me young S.A man sings a song called "Tomorrow belongs to me", which starts out nostalgic but gradually turns into an infectious Nazi march as the whole crowd joins him. Money on the other side there is the cabaret, Sally and master perform jokingly ‘money’, a burlesque social critic of the importance the money has and how affects in our lives, in contrast to the real dark life of the Germany 1931.

Objects ‘Tomorrow belongs to me’


Park People Hitler youth uniform Nazi salute

Stage Stick Bag Money Diamonds

Characters Brian Roberts an English writer and teacher, bisexual and had 3 wrong relationships but finally fall in love with Sally. Maximilian von Heune a rich playboy baron who takes Brian and Sally to the country side. Sally Bowles the main caracter in the movie, Sally is a young english girl who is really outspoken and does what she wants to do. Master of Ceremonies, the role of storyteller, he’s the one who gives us a look in the world of Cabaret.

Clothes and costumes • Low V neck • Fur • Dots • Diamonds • Fur • Flowers • And loads of Black

Music •  Jazz •  Musical •  Cabaret •  Swinging •  Remeberable songs •  Sing with songs

Symbols (Tomorrow belongs to me) • SWASTIKA (symbolical) - equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles stamped in a flag to be worn on the left arm. (qualisign) - it is worn on the left arm of the young guy showing his afiliation to the Nazi party (sinsign) -  originally used as a symbol for Hinduism in ‘Vedas’ (legisign)

•  Nazi symbol and flag ‘Hakenkreuz’ (symbolical) •  Eagle atop swastika, the formal symbol of the Nazi party (symbolical) •  Nazism ‘positive values' beauty, tradition, fatherland, power, order and future. •  tan-brown colored uniform of the SA paramilitary group ‘brown shirts’ •  Red, white and black Nazi flag (qualisigns) •  Brown colour from S.A uniform (qualisign)

Symbols (money)

•  Money symbols such as dollars or pounds (symbolical) •  Coins and notes (symbolical) •  Coins’ sound ( indexical) •  Cabaret as a symbol of freedom, rebellion, optimism, social criticism, comedy, parody vs the historical context of the 30s. •  ‘Money makes the world go around The world go around The world go around Money makes the world go around It makes the world go 'round.’

•  Sally’s clothes and jewellery wealthy and powerful woman of that time (indexical) •  Master of ceremonies caricature of a ‘dandy clown’  ridiculously elegant and refined (iconical) •  dandy suit Black and white colour (qualisigns) •  Shiny and silver jewellery, clothes and make-up (qualisigns) •  Sexual approach

Model of communication •  Sender film director Bob Fosse •  Receiver audience •  Message the issues life can bring and how people get through hard situations by sometimes doing stupid things. Cabaret is taking up many hard issues in life about being different like, homosexuality, which was looked at as different in the 70’s. The audience enters a world of life issues that many of us have been through and maybe had a hard time getting through. Cabaret shows us how life moves on and how you can sort out your private situations at all time. •  Channel cinema, video, DVD, TV.

Kimberley Zuurbier, Laia Bonastre and Irja Andresen THANK YOU

Semiotics - Cabaret  

Final presentation of Semiotics.