People were still arriving from Berlin and other cities. They were loud people who shouted and lied at the top of their voices, so as to deafen their conscience. They were cheats and braggarts and all of them came from the film industry and had a lot to tell about the world, but they saw the world through their goggle eyes, held it to be a commercial failure on the part of God and intended to compete with him and go into business on an equally large scale.

—Joseph Roth, Hotel Savoy (1924)