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Paris [electronic resource]: The Crazy Years

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
I will live as I choose is a motto that sums up the spirit of licentious 1920s Paris among native Parisians, emigres from across Europe, and American expatriates alike. During Les Annees Folles-The Crazy Years-Paris pulsated with energy, eccentricity, and uninhibited expression in sex, art, music, and literature. In this program, authors Amanda Vaill (Everybody Was So Young), Tyler Stovall (Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light), Julie Martin and Billy Kluver (Kiki's Paris), Jean-Claude Baker (Josephine), and others bring interwar Paris back to life through depictions of some of the colorful people who made both Montparnasse and Montmartre the chic places to be: Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, Man Ray, Kiki, Harry and Caresse Crosby, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Natalie Barney, John Glasgow, Josephine Baker, and Cole Porter.
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45 min.
12 & up
Contains explicit nudity and language and mature themes
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  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films media Group on April 06, 2012.
Variant Title
Crazy Years
Legendary Sin Cities: Berlin, Paris, and Shanghai During the Interwar Years
Legendary sin cities
  • Post-WWI Paris: The Crazy Years (2:22)
  • Eccentricity, Revolution, and Sex (1:46)
  • Americans in Paris (2:24)
  • Montparnasse: "Cauldron of Creativity" (2:50)
  • "Queen of Montparnasse" (3:47)
  • Artist and Model (3:29)
  • Group Sex Craze (2:01)
  • Harry and Caresse Crosby (2:47)
  • American Women in Paris (1:42)
  • Freedom of Lesbians in Paris (2:18)
  • Male Homosexuals in Paris (3:52)
  • Montmartre: Sexy, Syncopated Jazz (2:33)
  • Josephine Baker (3:32)
  • Drugs in Paris (1:24)
  • Cole Porter (2:55)
  • Paris Flooded with Tourists (1:21)
  • Impact of Market Crash on Paris (2:34)
  • Credits: Paris: The Crazy Years - Legendary Sin Cities (0:55)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2005.
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  • 48978s Films Media Group
  • 48862 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (45 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Mode of access: Internet.
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