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“Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome…” These words, sung by Joel Grey, open the classic 1972 musical/drama film Cabaret, directed by Bob Fosse, which is based on the 1966 Broadway musical, itself based on Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 memoirs The Berlin Stories. Without a doubt Cabaret is one of the most famous and best-loved musical films of all time, and despite being made nearly 45 years ago it ages extremely well. Grey, Fosse and star Liza Minnelli all took home Oscars for their work–not easy when the film was up against The Godfather in every category–and in 1995 it was chosen for preservation in the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry as a movie with particular historical and cultural importance. Probably millions of words have been written about this film, but re-watching it recently I was struck by how topical many of its themes and commentaries have become given recent events, especially those parts of the film dealing with…
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