I Am A Camera
ABC1, 1.35am, PG ( 1955)
There’s much to like about the non-musical forerunner to the Hollywood masterpiece
Cabaret. The comedy is set in early-1930s Berlin, where aspiring writer Christopher Isherwood ( Laurence Harvey, below) meets hard-living nightclub singer Sally Bowles ( Julie Harris). Sally and the Englishman, whose homosexuality is left unmentioned, develop a platonic relationship. Sally parties and lives it up, but Christopher can’t ignore reality as he sees friends victimised by the Nazi regime. Harris shines as the colourful, decadent Sally. It may not be in Cabaret’s league, but what an excellent contrast of personalities and a witty script.