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Cabaret

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Cabaret

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season

We gave it an A

True to the look that Bob Fosse’s mordant ’30s-Berlin mosaic had in movie theaters, this wide-screen disc edition achieves its width by cropping off the top and the bottom of the image with black bands. So it actually shows less picture than earlier non-wide-screen video versions do. But what’s removed adds immeasurably to Cabaret‘s visual power, especially when the Kit Kat Klub’s ghoulish emcee (Joel Grey) prowls the stage. With the spotlights above and the patrons below less visible, there’s a tighter, scarier focus on Grey’s leering musical entreaties-and on the crowd’s willingness to blinker itself when it comes to Nazi rule. A