Anita: Dances of Vice

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Anita: Dances of Vice
Anita – Dances of vice.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim
Produced by Rosa von Praunheim
Screenplay by Rosa von Praunheim
Marianne Enzensberger
Lotti Huber
Hannelene Limpach
Starring Lotti Huber
Ina Blum
Mikael Honesseau
Music by Konrad Elfers
Rainer Rubbert
Alan Marks
Wilhelm Dieter Siebert
Ed Lieber
Cinematography Elfi Mikesch
Edited by Mike Shephard
Rosa von Praunheim
Road Movies
Release date
19 February 1988
Running time
89 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

Anita: Dances of Vice (German: Anita – Tänze des Lasters) is a 1988 German film directed by Rosa von Praunheim. The film follows an elderly delusional woman who thinks she is Anita Berber (1899-1928), a German dancer who, with her partner, Sebastian Droste, came to represent the decadence of 1920's Berlin with their nude dancing, their cocaine habits and their uninhibited sex lives.[1]

Anita Berber’s story is recounted through the thoughts and remembrance of the elderly lady (played by Lotti Huber) who is confined in a lunatic asylum. There, in her dreams and exchanges with patients and staff, scenes from Anita's scandalous life are relived. The film is divided in two sections with all scenes taking place on the asylum shot in black and white and the Anita Berber part shot in color.[1]


  1. ^ a b Murray, Images in the Dark, p. 108


  • Murray, Raymond. Images in the Dark: An Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Guide. TLA Publications, 1994, ISBN 1880707012

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