Culture of the Weimar Republic

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  • Culture in the Weimar Republic
    • Mass Culture
      • Radio
        • Rapidly became popular
        • German Radio Company (1923) by 1932 despite the recession 1/4 of Germans had one, the most in Europe
      • Cabaret
        • Part of Berlin's vibrant night-life
        • Mocked the conventions of old Germany: satirical comedy, jazz and scantily clad female dancer
      • Film
        • 1920s most advanced in all of Europe
        • Dominated by UFA led by Alfred Hugenburg-leader of the DNVP
        • Popularity of Chaplin shows that this culture was not just restricted to Weimar and was part of an international mass culture
    • Art
      • Break away from traditional nostalgia of 19th century
      • Portrayed everyday life- aimed to comment on state of society
      • Send a political and social message
    • Architecture and design
      • Gropius (1919), Bauhaus movement
        • Approach was functional and it emphasised the close relationship between art and technology- "a new unity"
    • Literature
      • Expressionists- inspired by  the Neue Sachlichkeit
      • Most popular was traditional tales- Grimm and Thomas Mann
      • Avant garde style- Zweig and Lampel- looked at social issues
        • All Quiet on the Western Front (1928) by Erich Maria von Remarque and Berlin Alexenderplatz by Alfred Doblin
    • Theatre
      • In drama, Neue Sachlichkeit developed into Zeitthreater
        • Left wing sympathies evident in Brecht and Piscator plays.
          • Innovative techniques such as banners, slogans, film and slides were used to portray everyday behaviour


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