Legendary Sin Cities - Paris, Berlin & Shanghai
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(Mar 07, 2006)
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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 cities that pushed the limits of tolerance and freedom during the period between the world wars and defined the social, political and sexual culture of the 20th Century. Contains nudity.
If you think today's society is the reigning champ at hitting record lows of morality and decadence, think again. Surprisingly, our ancestors in a lot of ways have us beat by miles. The three-part Canadian CBC documentary Sin Cities focuses on the most notoriously decadent cities in modern history: Berlin, Paris and Shanghai during the 1920s and 1930s. And if you think rampant drug use, openly promiscuous behavior, sado-masochism and bizarre fetishes are modern phenomena, you may be surprised of what was going in the early 20th century. What made these notoriously sinful cities flourish was a unique gathering of artists, revolutionary political ideas, highly valued foreign money, and an overwhelming feeling of abandonment which was a direct byproduct of World War I's ending. These variables bred a unique tolerance that allowed and encouraged eroticism, permissiveness and deviant indulgences to openly flourish. This documentary does an excellent job at explaining how these cities rose, why they attracted the brightest and wealthiest, how the cities flourished, their ultimate decline and why their infamous pasts are still an integral part of their modern-day allure. --Rob Bracco
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Obviously these sin cities (open cities) only existed due to influx of money, which oddly really didn't filter down to the poor and desperate. So these cities, while drawing outsiders, abounded in criminality @ every level and ignored for the most part the poor and desperate. Have things changed that much?
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