Glamour and misery were close in Vienna when the city experienced a radical change.

Vienna was once a shining metropolis of wealth and prestige with a cultural influence that competed with today's Paris, London and Berlin. It was an imperial city with an urban scene flocked by elites. However, with the collapse of the Danube Monarchy in 1918, the city’s image and the lifestyle of its inhabitants suffered a sudden and drastic change.
The film draws on exclusive archive materials to show the living conditions of the people for whom this historical caesura of Vienna’s history was a lived reality.

With the help of narrative voices and reenactments this film creates a bridge from today to a time that goes back 100 years and whose drama is almost impossible to imagine in such a peaceful city that Vienna is today.