Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, and More Set for NYC CABARET Screening, 1/31
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will continue its latest Road to Hollywood tour around the country with a stop in New York City, where TCM, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Verizon FiOS will present a free public screening of the groundbreaking musical Cabaret (1972). Four of the film's stars - Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York and Marisa Berenson - will join TCM host Robert Osborne on stage to introduce the 40th anniversary restoration of the film. The event is set to take place Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Manhattan's famous Ziegfeld Theatre, where Cabaret first premiered.
One of the most acclaimed films of its era, Cabaret features Liza Minnelli in her OscarÒ-winning performance as an American singer looking for love and success in pre-World War II Berlin. Joel Grey earned an Academy AwardÒ as the ubiquitous Master of Ceremonies. Michael York plays a young English teacher whose eyes are opened by what he experiences. And Berenson is a Jewish department store heiress whose love life is affected by the rise of anti-Semitism in the country.
Cabaret provides a perfect showcase for the unique choreography and imaginative visual style of Bob Fosse, who won the OscarÒ for Best Director. The film also earned Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Score and Best Sound.
The original Cabaret film print hadn't been shown in a decade because one of the film's original reels suffered damage in the form of a vertical scratch that ran throughout the entire reel. After computer technology to repair the damage failed Warner Bros. corrected more than 1 million frames by hand. The negative was then scanned to significantly improve resolution, and the sound was upgraded, all with dazzling results.
The newly restored edition of Cabaret served as the opening film at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood last April. On February 5, Warner Home Video will continue Cabaret's 40th Anniversary celebration with the debut of its 40th anniversary Blu-ray presented in a premium Blu-ray Book format which contains 40 pages of rarely seen l photos and revealing text. Featured also is a new documentary, "Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals," an enlightening look at how Fosse and Cabaret brought movie musicals back from the brink of extinction. A DVD version will also be available.
Although the screening is free, tickets are required for entry. Free tickets may be obtained online at http://www.tcm.com/roadtohollywood, beginning Monday, Jan. 17, 2013.
As part of the buildup to the 2013 edition to the star-studded TCM Classic Film Festival, set to take place April 25-28, 2013, in Hollywood, TCM is traveling around the country for a series of 10 free screenings and live appearances by legendary stars and special guests. The tour began with a screening of Forbidden Planet (1956) at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Orlando as well as transmitted to the International Space Station, followed by On the Waterfront (1954) in Pittsburgh and the Jan. 31 screening of Cabaret (1972) in New York. Additional cities and films on the Road to Hollywood tour will be announced soon.