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Berlin [electronic resource]: Metropolis of Vice-Legendary Sin Cities

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
During the Weimar Republic, Berlin was a cauldron of hedonism; uncensored and untiring, the city indulged in every form of sex. And just as Berlin was open-minded toward all things erotic, it was also tolerant toward avant-garde artistic expression, liberal political dialogue, and wide-ranging scientific inquiry. In tracing the sociopolitical history of the era, this program spotlights key figures of those heady times, including Claire Waldoff, Marlene Dietrich, Anita Berber, Magnus Hirschfeld, Christopher Isherwood, Rudolf and Speedy Schlichter, George Grosz, Bertolt Brecht, and Kurt Weill. In addition, insightful commentary is provided by authors Anton Gill (A Dance Between Flames: Berlin Between the Wars), Alexandra Richie (Faust's Metropolis: A History of Berlin), Mel Gordon (Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin), and Barbara Ulrich (The Hot Girls of Weimar Berlin), as well as by music critic and journalist Axel Bruggeman, film historian Werner Sudendorf, and others.
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45 min.
11 & up
Contains explicit nudity and language and mature themes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on April 06, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Legendary Sin Cities
Metropolis of Vice-Legendary Sin Cities
Legendary Sin Cities: Berlin, Paris, and Shanghai During the Interwar Years
Legendary sin cities
  • 1920s Berlin the Sex Capitol of Europe (2:23)
  • Aftermath of World War I (1:34)
  • Dancing and Nightclubs Made Berlin the "Sinful City" (1:25)
  • Berlin a Cosmopolitan Haven (1:53)
  • Inflation Leaves Berlin Desperate (2:20)
  • 1920s Prostitution in Berlin (1:46)
  • Sexuality "In the Berlin Air" (1:07)
  • Claire Waldoff, Marlene Dietrich, and Lesbianism in the Limelight (3:09)
  • Anita Burbur: Symbol of Sex, Drugs, and Dance (3:36)
  • "Sexology" or the Study of Sexuality and Drugs (1:53)
  • Institute for Sexual Research (1:56)
  • Homosexuality in Berlin (1:34)
  • Lesbianism in the 1920s (2:00)
  • UFA was Berlin's Great Cinematic Institute (2:48)
  • Artwork of Rudolf and Speedy Schlichter (2:50)
  • The Dadaist Movement and George Grosz (2:34)
  • Joseph Goebbels Attempts to Win Over Berlin (1:30)
  • Nazi Propaganda Denounces Berlin (1:42)
  • Prominent Communist Bertolt Brecht (1:58)
  • Hitler Appointed Chancellor in 1933 (1:41)
  • May 6, 1933 Sexual Institute Raided (2:06)
  • Credits: Berlin: Metropolis of Vice - Legendary Sin Cities (0:53)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2005
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  • 48978s Films Media Group
  • 48861 Films Media Group
1streaming video file (45 min.) : d., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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