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THE SEVEN ADDICTIONS AND FIVE PROFESSIONS OF ANITA BERBER: Weimar Berlin’s Preistess of Depravity - By Mel Gordon
The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber is the first contemporary biography of the notorious actress/ dancer/ poet and playwright who scandalized sex-obsessed Weimar Berlin during the 1920s.
Even in an era where everything was permitted, Anita Berber’s celebrations of “Depravity, Horror and Ecstasy” were condemned and censored as too extreme. She often haunted Weimar Berlin’s hotel lobbies, nightclubs, and casinos, radiantly naked except for an elegant sable wrap, a pet monkey and a silver brooch packed with cocaine both hanging from her neck.
Multi-talented Anita saw no boundaries between her personal life and her taboo-shattering performances. She was one of Europe’s first postmodern women. After Berlin finally tired of Anita Berber’s outrageous antics, she became a “carrion soul that even the hyenas ignored,” dying in 1928 at the early age of only twenty-nine.
Classic Femme Fatale….
• Includes nearly two hundred photographs and illustrations, including some from Berber’s salacious and enduring performance “Repertoire of the Damned.”
• Berber loved Marlene Dietrich and was influenced and associated with Leni Riefenstahl, Lawrence Durrell, Klaus Mann, and the founder of modern sexology, Magnus Hirschfeld.
• An early movie star, Berber acted in Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler and the silent epic Lucifer.
Feral House Books Release - 260 Page Paperback - Many Color and B&W Illustrations - PRICE: $22.00
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