History: What can you tell about the Weimar Republic from its culture?

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Who was one of the most famous German actresses?
Marlene Dietrich.
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Who was one of the most famous German directors? What was his most famous film?
Fritz Lang. Metropolis - most technically advanced film of the decade.
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What does Neue Sachlichkeit mean? What was this?
New Objectivity. Artists tried to portray society in an objective way.
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Which two artists were particularly associated with new objectivity?
George Grosz and Otto Dix.
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What was the contrast in paintings before and after the war?
Before: Most German art had been detached from everyday life. After: Most Weimar artists tried to show everyday life; they wanted to be understood by ordinary people, and they believed that art should comment on society at the time (new objectivity)
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What was the new group of architects and designers called?
Bauhaus.
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What did the Bauhaus's design?
Chairs, built in cupboards, cigarettes kiosks, town halls, enormous housing estates and much more.
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What was the Bauhaus's slogan?
'Art and Technology - a new unity' Their approach was very different from the elaborate and decorate style of pre-war Germany.
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Why were some people shocked by Germany's culture after the war?
It changed dramatically, Berlin became famous for it's night life - daring floor shows, risqué song and naked dancing, it seemed very experimental and shocking.
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After the war in Berlin, what type of balls became incredibly popular?
Transvestite balls. Hundreds of men in women's clothes and vice versa danced together. Sex was discussed openly, and homosexuality, which had been treated as a taboo before the war , was - at least in berlin - no longer frowned upon.
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What was the impression of Berlin in 1920's?
Sleazy, corrupt, daring and sex - obsessed. Other area's of Germany were not like this, they were shocked by Berlin's liberal attitudes.
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What happened to many of Germany's artists in the 1930's?
They were forced to flee from Germany, despised or threatened by the Nazis.
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What genre were the majority of opera and theatre performances in Germany 1920?
Classic works.
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Which two classic works were most famous in Germany? What did these mean?
Zeittheater and Zeitoper. 'of the time'
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The works of Zeittheater and Zeitoper were set in what? and included what?
Set in the society of time, and included greater realism.
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gail.marsh

quite handy

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