Berlin became the centre of cinematic innovation. Then the Stock Market Crash in 1929 brought the decade-long party to an abrupt halt - not just in the USA but also in Germany, where the resultant depression ushered in the 3rd Reich, leading to a huge exodus of Weimar intellectuals and artists. In France the shock was less intense, but the heady "années folles" gradually died out by the mid-thirties.
Peter Harris is the former Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto and Special Lecturer in the Vic One Program, Victoria College. He has lectured to various seniors’ groups in the Toronto area.