We’re going to take a look at some of the greatest cabaret movies of all time. This is no easy task because there are so many. We’ve narrowed our picks down to the top 5.
There have been a lot of Moulin Rouges over the years, but the one we included is that from 2001, which featured Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. It was directed by Baz Luhrmann and is the last film in his Red Curtain Trilogy. Predictably, it is a love story between Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman’s characters. The plot had quite a few twists and turns, with the characters struggling to mount a play at the Moulin Rouge and a life-threatening illness among other things.
The film won an Oscar for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design and was nominated in seven other categories. And who could forget the soundtrack, with Mya, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim and Missy Elliot putting a spin on the timeless classic Lady Marmalade?
The Kit Kat Club
Cabaret or the Kit Kat Club is the soundtrack of an endless party, following the Third Reich’s rise to power. It takes the form of cabaret and portrays it all at once. This classic featured Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles.
Like our previous choice, and with a musical selection by the same team), “Chicago” utilizes the format of show-within-a-show to tell a tale of two women struggling to find success in the world of cabaret (more specifically vaudeville, America’s flashier version of it).
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Technically, this was a cabaret movie, albeit one with a twist. You loved it if you were a kid in the 90s, admit it!
In this cabaret flick, Julie Andrews plays a woman playing a man playing a woman. The Parisian cabaret scene was never seen the same way after this.