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European Cities on the Brink of War

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As part of Radio 3's Music on the Brink, Free Thinking takes the cultural temperature of Paris, Berlin, London, St Petersburg and Vienna in the years leading up to the First World War.

The novelist AS Byatt, the film expert Neil Brand and the cultural historians Alexandra Harris and Philipp Blom have chosen artworks and artefacts from the period and will use them to explore, with Anne McElvoy, the ideas and spirit of the European capital cities on the brink of World War 1.

Roger Fry, a landmark silent film version of Les Miserables and Freud's understanding of the Viennese practice of Gschnas give us glimpses of a rapidly changing world.

Producer: Natalie Steed.

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45 minutes

Last on

Tue 7 Jan 2014 22:00


Role Contributor
PresenterAnne McElvoy
Interviewed GuestNeil Brand
Interviewed GuestAS Byatt
Interviewed GuestAlexandra Harris

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