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The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber: Weimar Berlin's Priestess of Depravity Paperback – May 1, 2006
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Berber was an expressionist dancer in Weimar Berlin as Germany changed from a self-assured, tightly controlled, buttoned-down society to one awash with cynicism, war guilt, debt and anxiety. The smart urban set who could still afford a nightlife cast their sentiments with avant-garde artistes who had protested Wilhelmian sexual and lifestyle repression through dance and graphic art for years. This became the "in" thing. Turning nineteen in this atmosphere the red-haired Ms. Berber, daughter of a dancer and trained as a dancer herself, ran wholly amuck with help from her bohemian friends. Pronouncedly narcissistic (she was a teen-ager after all), stoned continuously on cocaine and brandy, paid well to titillate audiences with nude dancing, there was little she would not do. Gordon quotes accounts of the day that she had a beautiful, boyish body and genuine talent as an experimental dancer.Read more ›
Decent book that I would recommend if the price stays low . There are much better books that cover the Weimar Republic and the entertainment industry during that time period . So I would only recommend this one if you are just interested in Ms Berbers story .
This copiously illustrated, non-fiction treatise is as much about the Weimar Republik, pre-war Berlin, hyper-inflationary Germany, and the lengths--or depths--to which the human spirit and body can go--or descend--as it is about the dancer, Anita Berber. I stumbled upon it almost by accident. I'm glad I did. You may well stumble upon this review by accident. If so, call it `serendipity'--and consider reading this book (or any other you can find about Anita Berber) if for no other reason than to get a sense of the time and times. Those we live in now are a distant cousin--related, to be sure, but not yet living under the same roof. We might well want to find a way to ensure that that cousin never comes to visit, much less stay.
Allow me to quote the entire last paragraph on p. 164, just opposite the magnificent full-length portrait of Anita Berber by the German Expressionist, Otto Dix.
"Hans Feld, in the Film-Kurier (November 13, 1928), wrote that although Anita was condemned as `an incarnation of the perverse,' she represented an entire generation. Anita had led the fight between bourgeois parents and their freethinking offspring, protested against the rigidity of authoritarian teachers, embodied the thoughts and desires of an unfettered, liberated world. The details of her life and career could be forgotten, but her overall influence could not be so easily put to rest.Read more ›
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This would be an interesting story, but the author never met an over-top-adjective he didn't like. Could not get more than a third of the way through.Published 4 months ago by oddsuits
Light and frothy read, a bit sensational. Know that you are getting less of a history book and more of a tabloid. If you can deal with that, enjoy!Published on February 17, 2014 by Ms. Devlynn
Wow to live in Berlin in the 20s. I can only dream. I guess what happened to Germany later was to pay for all of Anita Berber's bad karma!Published on November 19, 2013 by Anthony Clifton
At least about one thing. This book is awesome. Anita Berber is a wholly fascinating person, and the author presents her in an interesting light. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Karn Powers