Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Night Out With The Boys Club Crawling In Weimar Berlin

Here is Marek Weber und Sein Orchester with singing by then famous (and now forgotten) star of stage and screen Siegfried Arno. He is singing "How can he help it? Sigismund is so beautiful..." (or so I'm told by the YouTube poster, not being German literate myself).

I know almost nothing about this band. All I know is that Marek Weber was Czech and that a lot of his musicians and singers were Jewish, so I presume they went out of business when You Know Who with the funny little mustache got voted into power in 1932.

Marek Weber and Siegried Arno call to my mind Christian Schad's paintings of the rooftop Bohemia of 1920s Berlin, all the ne'er-do-well fallen aristocrats, underworld figures, artists, actors, musicians, and glamorous transgenders of that time and place.

Count Saint Genois d'Anneaucourt, 1927

Sonja, 1927

Christian Schad's self-portrait, 1928

For us looking back in hindsight, it all has the pathos of a doomed culture, a last fling before the lights go out. We look at them and wonder whatever happened to all these people.

See ya on the Ku'dam!


Rick+ said...

     At least Siegfried got out. I checked: The man once known as the German "Charlie Chaplin" died in L.A. in 1975. I'd be interested in hearing more about gay life in Berlin during the Weimar years. I've heard it was very tolerant, but I don't know much more about it.

nomad said...

Wow. Very good, Counterlight. I've never heard of this artist. This is going in Nomadsartblog.wordpress.com

IT said...

Barry Manilow, of all people, wrote a musical about a group of musicians in similar circumstances, based on a true story.

It was surprisingly good.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Thanks for this glimps of the recent past!

Brad Evans said...

They joined the SA with a lot of other gays.
Who else would enjoy all that leather, machismo and choreography so much?

Brad Evans said...

No, 99% of the social libertarians I know aren't even close to Fascist/Authoritarian personalities.
Heck, most of us hate asking for money people owe us twice!
Nice attempt at a smear, though.
"I don't like you; you must be Hitler. So there!"