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Liza Minelli and Joel Grey in Cabaret, 1972

Local screening of Cabaret this Thursday

As part of a series of screenings at The Pigs Palace on White Rock, the 1972 musical Cabaret will be shown this Thursday, 23rd. All proceeds will go to Seaview. HOT’s Jordan Dixon writes.

Disheartened by the lack of independent cinemas and driven to help out the homeless, local resident Stephen Brogan sought a remedy for both by arranging a selection of his favourite camp, queer, art-house and cult films to be screened at the The Pigs Palace. Following positive feedback and successful fund-raising, the next screening will feature the 1972 film Cabaret.

Featuring Oscar-winning performances by Liza Minelli and Joel Grey, alongside Michael York OBE, the film juxtaposes the early rise of the Nazi regime with a menagerie of camp, kink and sexuality.

Based on the 1966 Broadway musical of the same name, the film is told through musical numbers which are part of the action, all but one taking place within a Berlin cabaret club in 1931. Liza Minelli stars as Sally, a young cabaret act who engages in a sexually ambiguous love triangle with British writer Brian (York) and a rich baron, played by Helmut Griem. As the film progresses, Nazism and overt sexuality, at first juxtaposed, ultimately become entwined together.

According to noted US film critic Roger Ebert, the film promotes the idea that “the rise of the Nazi party in Germany was accompanied by a rise in bisexuality, homosexuality, sadomasochism, and assorted other activities.

“This is no ordinary musical. Part of its success comes because it doesn’t fall for the old cliché that musicals have to make you happy,” he summarised. “Instead of cheapening the movie version by lightening its load of despair, director Bob Fosse has gone right to the bleak heart of the material and stayed there well enough to win an Academy Award for Best Director”.

Cabaret (1972) will be shown Thursday 23 May, 7pm, in the function room of The Pigs Palace, White Rock.

£5 on the door, all proceeds go to Seaview.

To learn more about Stephen’s motivations and a list of upcoming screenings, read our interview here.


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Posted 20:02 Sunday, May 19, 2019 In: Film

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