The Berlin of the first half of the 20th century is defined by violent political turmoil - and radical artistic renewal. Bloodletting - and regeneration. Berlin as Moloch - and Muse. The capital’s life and rhythms are governed by poverty and depression on the one hand, on the other the dance craze - and jazz. In their elegant hotels, cafés and bars, Berlin’s glamorous denizens shimmy towards the abyss. War, flight and exile are the horsemen of their apocalypse. A new world order – and a new youth culture – will seal their fate. The sounds of their era have faded. A combination of seldom seen photographs and historic recordings from private archives offers a sensually opulent kaleidoscope of the metropolis in all its splendour and misery, glamour and horror during three infernal, turbulent decades: 1920 – 1950.
Including 3 CDs with music from: EFIM SCHACHMEISTER, THE COMEDIAN HARMONISTS, BARNABAS VON GÉCZY, DAJOS BÉLA, LUD GLUSKIN, WILL GLAHÉ, JUAN LLOSSAS, MAREK WEBER, BERNHARD ETTÉ, JACK HYLTON, BILLY BARTHOLOMEW, TEDDY STAUFFER, ROBERT GADEN and many more.