This chapter describes the international success of Bob Fosse’s film version of Cabaret in 1972, which kicked off the busiest, most productive decade of his career. The mood of the decade was reflected in both his life and his work. Fosse’s film jettisoned most of Cabaret’s score for numbers performed only onstage, thus refining the show’s use of performance to comment on dramatic reality. The hyperactive camerawork he was criticized for in Sweet Charity was refined and focused. Cabaret found parallels between the chaos and national crisis of identity in pre-Nazi Germany and contemporary anxieties over the continuing Vietnam War. Liza with a Z, starring Liza Minnelli and filmed by multiple cameras before a live audience in a Broadway theater, brought the kinetic energy of a live performance to this musical concert for television.
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