Talk: Berlin in the 1920s
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Berlin in the 1920s was a city on the edge of an abyss, and fertile ground for all kinds of political extremism. The raucous-voiced lesbian chanteuse Claire Waldoff boasted in song that every man you met could be a Nazi. The febrile and dangerous political situation provided a backdrop to a decade of dazzling innovation in all the arts – theatre, film, music, painting, architecture and design.
From Christopher Isherwood and the young Francis Bacon to Schoenberg and Kandinsky, talented people flocked to Berlin from all over Europe in order to sample its artistic – and sexual – freedom.
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