GERMAN PROSPERITY, 1920S Factory workers arrive at the job in Berlin in the 1920s. Montage illustrates return of prosperity to Germany. Smoke pours out of a smokestack. Sparks fly as a welder welds. Also, in two shots, Chancellor Gustav Stresemann signs a bill and points at something, smiling among a group a men.
BERLIN CHEERS VON HINDENBURG Excited crowds in Berlin cheer the appearance of Paul Von Hindenburg as he assumes the presidency of Germany. An overhead shot shows the size of the crowd on both sides of Hindenburg's motorcade. He descends steps amidst entourgage and enters convertible. CU of new president. Cars ride past Brandenburg Gate. Waving, cheering crowd.
BERLIN STREET LIFE, 1920S Berlin in the late 1920s appears busy and prosperous. Big double-decker buses go around a traffic circle. A cop directs traffic. Pedestrians walk. A fashionably dressed couple pause to light cigarettes. In a sidewalk cafe, a stout woman sips out of a coffee cup and looks through a monocle. A stylish young woman takes a seat.
COME TO THE CABERET A montage of 1920s Berlin nightlife. Various shots in caberets of chorus girls performing, customers clapping, bands playing. A man clinks glasses and drinks champagne with three young women. CUs of dancers' arms and legs. Taxis fill nighttime streets. POV shot shows brightly lit store windows going by. Two shots of people wearing grotesque, oversized masks. A masked figure holds a beer stein and picks his nose.
CROWDS GREET NEW CHANCELLOR The first post-monarchy chancellor, Friedrich Ebert waves to a massive crowd in Berlin. MS of Ebert. Happy citizens wave. Brief shots of fireworks at night and a sign that proclaims the new German republic.
STREET FIGHTING IN BERLIN In January, 1919, a volunteer army crushes Germans demonstrating for a soviet-style revolution. Great historic footage of marchers carrying pro-communist banners and the red flag through Berlin. Troops arrive with trucks and armored vehicles. Overhead shot shows smoke from weapons fire and demonstrators fleeing. Gripping shots of chaos in the street. A group of soldiers stands with weapons on sidewalk.
WILD INFLATION HITS GERMANY Startling footage of the almost unbelievable post-WW I inflation in Germany. Loaves of bread, with a price tag of 460 million marks each CUs of currency in huge denominations. Servants pull carts with stacks of bills for a rich man going shopping. Another man pulls out a wad of bills from his overcoat. Also, numerous shots of misery. Small children beg at a window. A woman shoos them away. A homeless man stoops to pick up something from a sidewalk. CU of the craggy face of an old woman.
GERMANS RETURN FROM WW I After the Armistice, German soldiers return from the front. A line of troops marches through an open field. CU of a soldier helping a wounded buddy walk. Horse drawn wagons move through a field, over a bridge and down an urban avenue. Citizens wave, soldiers on horseback salute. A man in uniform holds a little girl and gives her kisses. She looks like she wants to be somewhere else.
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