A lavish, if somewhat eccentric spectacle, was staged in West Berlin on Saturday night (11 November) when hundreds of men threw social convention to the winds, and went to the annual ball, draped in a flamboyant mixtures of fine feminine gowns, grotesque costumes and, in some cases, little more than thick make-up.
GV Crowd outside Neue Welt ballroom.
GV Transvestite entering in bizarre costume.
SV Couple enter and walk past crowd seated at tables.
SV and CU "Punk" style transvestites (2 shots).
CU Other people in costume.
GV People in costume at bar.
CU Charlie chaplin character.
CU Faces with heavy make-up and glitter.
SV Man wearing suspender belt and stockings.
CU Transvestite laughing.
GV and SVs Dance floor with ball in progress. (2 shots)
GV Dancers doing the Conga.
CU Near-naked man dancing on table.
SV Couple dancing.
GV Ball in progress.
SV Men dressed as famous characters from history climb stairs.
SV Men dressed as women queueing at men's toilet.
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Background: A lavish, if somewhat eccentric spectacle, was staged in West Berlin on Saturday night (11 November) when hundreds of men threw social convention to the winds, and went to the annual ball, draped in a flamboyant mixtures of fine feminine gowns, grotesque costumes and, in some cases, little more than thick make-up.
SYNOPSIS: The ball provides a rare chance for those wishing to come out, to go out, with their friends. Guests came from not only the city, but from other countries as well. The organisers said there were three thousand guests this year, and almost all turned up in costume.
Not everyone wanted to be admired, and the modern "punk" look was carried to a new extreme. But it was impossible to be lonely at the ball...everyone had a circle of admirers.
Some, by choosing to copy famous characters, managed to be men dressed as women dressed as men.
Others, unable to make up their minds, compromised on a little of everything. and there were more Ugly Cisters than Cinderellas.
Hundreds of Berliners came along to watch. For many, it must have recalled the excesses of Berlin life of the Thirties.....for others, with shorter memories, it was a new slant on the theme of "everyone doing his own thing."
Some chose to go solo. Their cavorting often proved to be cheeky, but in the ballroom, there were none who objected. For them, it was a chance to live the dream of the renowned musical, Cabaret......even if it was a case Hans, Klaus, and Boompsadaisy.
No ill-fated queens of the past climbed to the scaffold with greater aplomb. But, even in a night of anything goes, every girl has certain privileges.