Of all the remarkable events of this century perhaps the most fascinating has been the spontaneous growth, flowering and then decay of a handful of great cities. These cities were places ... See full summary »
Of all the remarkable events of this century perhaps the most fascinating has been the spontaneous growth, flowering and then decay of a handful of great cities. These cities were places where art, culture and political liberties co-mingled with corruption, brutality and decadence. Everything and just about anyone could be bought and sold. The immigrant would struggle beside the artist. Gamblers, thieves and prostitutes co-habited with soul-savers, the rich and the powerful. The exhilarating combination of the seamy with the sublime made these places a magnet for all the lost souls and refugees of the world. Pushing the limits of tolerance and freedom, they defined the social, political and sexual culture of the 20 th century. Their names ring out: Paris of the '20s, Berlin of the '20s and '30s and Shanghai of the '30s. In the period between the wars, these were the LEGENDARY SIN CITIES of the world. Contemporary footage mixed with rare and richly evocative archival films, stock shots... Written by
A good doc that makes you feel like you're watching the History Channel. It contains A LOT of nudity so it's not safe for children. You will learn a lot about Paris and Berlin in the early days. It made wish I had lived there at that time. It shows that the gay lifestyle has been around along time. The showing of the Pregnant Prositutes that lined up on how long they were due for rich people in Limos to choose from was very disturbing. This is the only film I have ever seen that gives you so much information on things you would have never know about. It also shows why France still hates the Americans because of what we did at that time.
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