This musical mix of the Berlin novels of Christopher Isherwood first found fame as a stage musical. On film, it gets its wings, and can break out of the set, and film on location. However, it is still at its best in the smoky confines of the Kit Kat club, in 1930′s Berlin. Outside, the Nazis are on the up, and there is a hint of the terror and persecution to come. Inside the club, there is innuendo, satire, cheeky songs, and ribald performances. The ingenuous Brian (Michael York) arrives from Britain, and is caught up in this heady world, of the singer Sally Bowles, (Liza Minnelli) and her rich, bisexual lover Max (Helmut Griem). Joel Grey won an Oscar for his part as the club compere, LIza Minelli won the best actress Oscar for her lead role, and Bob Fosse took another, for best director, with the film getting 5 more. You can see all the eight Oscars in every frame, and rarely has a film won so many, and deserved them all. Whether dealing with brownshirt violence on the streets of Berlin, or featuring a solo from the heartbreaking Miss Minnelli, this film delivers at every level. It is simply marvellous.