Song of the Day #4,450: ‘Mein Herr’ – Liza Minnelli

Continuing my personal ranking of the 25 movie musicals deemed essential by the American Film Institute…

#5. Cabaret – 1972
(#5 on the AFI list)

One of two movies I’ve ranked in the same position as AFI, Cabaret is the second Bob Fosse-directed film on the list, and in my view a much more successful one than his other entry, All That Jazz.

Based on the 1966 stage show by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the film follows the denizens of the Kit Kat Klub in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi party in 1931.

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Song of the Day #2,496: ‘New York, New York’ – Liza Minnelli

new_yorkThis week I’ll continue counting down my ten most surprising Oscar-snubbed songs, picking up with #5.

Here’s a song that probably lost its bid for an Oscar due to the dismal failure of the film in which it appears.

Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York was a box office disaster and confusing, at best, to critics. Following the groundbreaking Taxi Driver, this oddly old-fashioned call back to classical musicals never really found an audience.

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