Cabaret: Music on Film by Stephen Tropiano

By Stephen Tropiano

(Music On Filments). In 1973, Cabaret walked away with 8 Academy Awards, together with gold statues for director Bob Fosse and for its stars, Liza Minnelli and Joel gray. in response to the long-running Broadway musical, with a memorable rating via John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cabaret is a landmark movie that broke new cinematic floor by way of revolutionizing the Hollywood musical via its remedy of grownup issues and artwork condominium sensibility. With an advent by means of Joel gray, the publication chronicles the heritage of Cabaret, from Christopher Isherwood's Berlin tales to the level and picture types of John van Druten's play i'm a digicam, during the variation of the hit Broadway musical for the large display. Readers gets an insider's inspect the making of the movie, the artistic expertise in entrance of the digicam and backstage, and why this divinely decadent musical maintains to captivate audiences.

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