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Bob Fosse's 1972 Cabaret

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Prior to World War I, German cinema was a thriving industry being seen across Europe and North America. Various European cultures of the 1920s embraced new ideas and artistic styles called expressionism that focused on experimental fields of expression and looking into the future. In Bob Fosse's 1972 musical Cabaret, the flamboyant world of art appears under the intimidating Nazi era. This film follows the German Expressionism trend as seen through its avant-garde style and sense of emotion. The editing techniques, featured art, and deeper meaning all testify to the German Expressionism era.
During the 1920s, German Expressionism emerged because of the number of related artistic movements beginning in Germany that reached an all-time high in Berlin, where nightlife was booming. These expressive movements impressed the multicultural European culture in fields such as: architecture, painting, sculpting, and film. A crucial notion in the movement was to portray the world in an emotionally distorted perspective to evoke different moods and participate in new philosophies. Physical reality was not a concern during this movement. Popular story plots of the Expressionist films often-involved situations concerning madness, betrayal, and insanity, all which can be found in Cabaret. This obscure style of filmmaking was brought to America when the Nazis gained political power and a number of German filmmakers immigrated to Hollywood.
Bob Fosse's Cabaret, stars Liza Minnelli in the
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