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"Telephone Song" - great orchestration - part of it makes for great ringtone - also thoughts on the MC
Last Edit: PlayWiz 01:21 pm EDT 04/12/24
Posted by: PlayWiz 01:12 pm EDT 04/12/24
In reply to: re: Spoilers - Delvino 12:24 pm EDT 04/12/24

If you listen from 1:42 to about 2:05, it makes a great ringtone -- I used it a while back, though probably stopped when I switched phones.

Also, regarding the MC, in the film, with all its changes from the show, he starts off as a participant, sometimes mocking the Third Reich, then encouraging the degradation with the dirty mud wrestling, and then very much supports the antisemitism by his final line in "If You Could See Her" (which was often not used in the original Broadway version). Of course, Joel Grey tried to sneak it in as often as he could. The MC wasn't a victim in the film, but his androgyny, his cross-dressing in the "Tiller Girls", his smiling cutaway after "Tomorrow Belongs To Me", and his continued presence in the cabaret at the end of the film with it filled with swastikas among the clientele makes him a willing enabler. The change to his victimhood was played out in the Mendes, and both worked very well indeed.

While I think the Fosse film is excellent, by having left out a significant portion of the original score and the Schneider/Schultz subplot, if "West Side Story" got the financing to be remade (I didn't think it needed to be), I would see "Cabaret" being more worthy of a remake, but it should go back to its original book. Btw, "Meeskite" always gets me when I hear it on the original cast recording -- surely there are singing actor/comedians who could make this wonderful song effective again in live performance.
Link "Telephone Song" from "Cabaret"
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