The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20451   Message #2995948
Posted By: Fred McCormick
29-Sep-10 - 07:35 AM
Thread Name: The Lorelei vs. Tomorrow Belongs to Me
Subject: RE: The Lorelei vs. Tomorrow Belongs to Me
For me Cabaret is one of the greatest movies ever made, and that scene in the beer garden still scares me and horrifies me almost forty years after I first saw it. I've just tried watching it now via the link which someone posted above, and couldn't. I had to turn it off.

What makes it so chilling is not just the singer, who I think pitches it a litte too high, or the way the camera pans down to bring the swastika into view, but the way the crowd and the band pick it up, with the former gradually rising to their feet and singing louder and louder until they are literally yelling the words.

And this played out against a hauntingly beautiful melody and stunningly beautiful countryside. The nazis of course made great play of their volks heritage, and I presume we are meant to assume that the tune is a German folk melody.

BTW. I went to a jazz session a couple of nights ago, in which the band played a song called Auf Wiedersehen. Comes the final chorus and the singer started performing nazi salutes. What the hell did he think he was playing at?