Watch This: It’s all song and dance until the Third Reich shows up

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: Recent releases Annie and Into The Woods have us thinking about our favorite film adaptations of Broadway (and off-Broadway) musicals.

Cabaret (1972)

Winner of eight Academy Awards, Bob Fosse’s Cabaret gazes upon the rise of Nazism in 1931 Berlin with a devilish smirk, its grinning cynicism embodied by the Kit Kat Club’s pale-faced, cross-dressing Emcee (Joel Grey). Devoid of a backstory or a subplot to call his own, Grey’s Emcee instead serves as the mysterious master of ceremonies at a revue where lust, greed, deviance, and intolerance are all roundly satirized in one show-stopping musical number after another, even as the film’s tone veers madly from mockery to maudlin, and the target of its tunes’ ridicule becomes hazy. No matter: From the boot-stomping Third Reich faithful, to the …

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