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Legendary Sin Cities - Paris, Berlin & Shanghai
Legendary Sin Cities - Paris Berlin Shanghai
Directors: Ted Remerowski, Marrin Canell
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2006     3hr 30min

Unique documentary series of 3 programs produced by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) that separately profile the spontaneous growth, flowering and decay of Paris, Berlin and Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s, 3 ci...  more »


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Directors: Ted Remerowski, Marrin Canell
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Travel, Documentary
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 03/07/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 3hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

Sexual Freedom = Artistic/Literary Expression
Gerard D. Launay | Berkeley, California | 07/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The thesis of this documentary is that the extraordinary
sexual freedom and license in the 1920-1930's in three cities
(Berlin, Paris, & Shanghai) became a draw to the great artists
and literary figures of Europe. It is without doubt that Paris and Berlin did generate a renaissance of artistic creation during these decades but there were other factors such as
the flood of Russians from the excesses of communism, the
liberal attitudes of the Weimar republic, and the end of World War I so that artists did have an oppostunity to create without being engulfed in violent conflict. Nevertheless, the two DVD
set is thought provoking. For example, I learned that Berlin
waas the birthplace of the first film that dealt with the topic of homosexuals' struggling for acceptance in a hostile world. I also learned that Shanghai was totally ruled by gangsters so that even the police were hired from the ganster world. Overall,
a worthwhile documentary of a unique time in world history."
Sin across the World
Walter Meyer | 09/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A two-DVD set for those interested in at least one form of entertainment flourishing in Berlin, Paris and Shanghai between the two world wars. Apparently sin and debauchery really knew few borders during that time. Much of the contents is illustrated commentary and I, for one, would have wished for more illustration and less commentary, e.g., more of entertainers like Josephine Baker in the Paris portion and of Claire Waldoff and Marlene Dietrich in the Berlin portion. Just about totally absent were routines by the Berlin cabaret comedians but perhaps they weren't considered sufficiently sinful and maybe there isn't much film footage about them."
Tries too hard to emphasize the "creativity" of Paris and Be
James D. Crabtree | Fayetteville, North Carolina | 03/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The creators of this documentary about Shanghai, Berlin and Paris in the 1920s did an excellent job, using period footage (and some 1930s footage as well, if you know what you're looking for) to portray the decadence and depravity which took hold there. While only lightly touching on the human cost of prostitution, alcoholism and drug use (and even then primarily in the Shanghai episode) it emphasized the "creativity" known to be generated there... as if no great art was done outside these three cities or in the decades following. Also, outside "costs" were not addressed. The program discusses how the Nazis (they practically used the word "hicks") swept away the liberal life of Berlin, when I would make the argument that it was the very existence of Berlin's decadence which caused a backlash, one the fascists were able to ride into power. In Paris the decadence led to a lack of moral fiber when invaded by Germany. Overall, a good (and graphic) depiction of decadence but take the PC excuses with a grain of salt."
Very interesting! Would have loved to have been there!
Joseph C. Martinak | Perryopolis, PA United States | 07/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Great DVD if you want to understand life in Paris and Berlin with the sexual mores between the world wars. Just returned from France, they have a three story sex museum that also covers this subject. The one DVD on Shanghai is a bit week, however I was amazed at what was happening in Paris and Berlin during the 1920's."