wish image and Historic Lessons on Screen
By HERBERT G. LUFT
selgasteig near Munich, where re- I possible misconceptions of our
hearsals for the multi-million dol- hero's feelings towards the Hitler
el Grey, son of bandleader lar motion picture version, pro- movement eliminated.
Mickey Katz, will repeat duced by Cy Feuer and Ernest
The character Brian Roberts,
ie screen the character of the Martin, began in early March. who is actually Isherwood himself
mic-sadistic master of cere-
(portrayed by British thespian
s of "Cabaret" created by German type, there are a number Michael York), no longer sees the
for the stage musical. He was of Jewish characters in the tragi- decaying city of Berlin on the eve
irst person we met during a comic o per e t t a backgrounded of the takeover with the imperson-
the Bavaria Studios in Gei- against the rise of Hitler in the city al eye of a camera. He no longer
is the passive observer, but an
The film version, written by active combatant raising his voice
Jay Presson Allen and Hugh against impending barbarism and
Wheeler, has thrown out all the knocking the grotesque autumn
shmaltz and gemuetlichkeit that affair between the Germanic house-
somehow had sneaked into the wife, Fraulein Schneider, and her
musical stage production. Altoge- subservient Jewish lodger, Schultz,
ther omitted is the completely un- a delicately sketched love yarn is
realistic Herr Schultz, an elderly interwoven into the main theme of
Jew, and his so-called mieslichkeit, the story as a pleasant antithesis
a detestable cartoon we singled out to the weltschmerz of the principal
in an earlier JTA column. Much of participants.
the original frame of Christopher
The sideline vignette between
Isherwood's "Berlin Stories," from
a Jewish department store heir-
which the John Van Druten dra-
ess, Natalia Landauer, and young
matization was drawn, has been
Fritz Wendel, a non-Aryan who
restored, (but 'minus the undercur-
at first "is too much of a coward
rent of anti-Semitism displayed by
to be a Jew," is developed with-
the author of the diaries), now
I ron „
out sentimentality, though it
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ends with an Orthodox marriage
definite expose of Nazism with all
in a basement synagogue while
the terror rages in the streets of
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Another major character has
been added to the film, a German
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singer Sally Bowles, now being
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the hit musical the world over but
also to play a full scale of emo-
tions—the pretentions, hopes, love
and devotion of a tragically en-
tangled soul who is lost in the
whirlpool of time. Sally
though unstable in her emotions,
is delightfully pure and fresh,
constantly shifting and changing
her pretentious little white lies.
Early in 1932, some of the Ger-
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washed were wondering whether
the philosophy of the Third Reich
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bright• woman in "Cabaret" wond-
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ers, "If all the Jews are bankers,
how 'can all of them also be com-
munists?" This kind of "subver-
sive idea"- was soon to be drowned
'Perhaps by sheer accident and
not design, the happenings of
"Cabaret" — its cheap surface
gaiety. with bull-necked bourgeois
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the nightmare of Dachau, the very
first concentration camp, only 20
miles from the Bavarian capital.
Thus the chatter and the clinking
of champagne glasses in the night-
club are mixed with the outcry
of suffering humanity. Whether
we are in Berlin, the locale of the
story, or in Munich-Geiselgasteig,
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the end of the weakened Republic
of Weimar and the beginning of
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