Berlin Cabarets

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Berlin cabarets were a feature of late 1920s Germany, which has become known for its high living, vibrant urban life and the popularization of new styles of music and dance. Having previously lived under authoritarian government, where entertainment and social activities were tightly regulated, many Germans thrived on the relaxed social attitudes of Weimar. The influx of American money and the economic revival of the mid to late 1920s encouraged celebration, spending and decadence. Many Germans spent big and partied hard, aware that both the economy and the government were destined to fail. The late Weimar era was one of liberal ideas, new forms of expression and hedonism (pleasure-seeking). Weimar music, dance and entertainment were criticized by radicals on both sides of politics. The movie “Cabaret” with Liza Minelli set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous presence of the growing Nazi Party portrays the significance of cabaret in 1920’s Berlin. The late Weimar era was become known for its cabarets: restaurants or nightclubs where patrons sat at tables and were entertained by a procession of singers, dancers and comedians atop a small stage. Cabaret was actually a French invention, dating back to the 1880s. The most famous French cabaret, the Moulin Rouge, was notorious for employing prostitutes and allowing lewd dancing. The German form, Cabaret, was more conservative and low-key. Berlin’s first cabaret nightclub dated back to 1901, though during the kaiser’s reign German cabarets were not permitted to allow bawdy humor, provocative dancing or political satire. After World War I cabarets became enormously popular across Europe – and nowhere were they more popular than Germany. The Weimar government’s lifting of censorship saw German cabarets transform and flourish. Entertainment in the cabaret of Berlin, Munich and other…...

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