To show decadency in the United States, artists living in the Village struggling for something good and fine in contrast to vulgarism of Broadway. Characters: a young girl dancer (Melissa), a millionaire, a coloured maid, a senator who is member of the Klu Klux Klan. A series of comments and annotations follow. Criticism on the films produced in the USA. A dialogue between father and daughter that is part of the script for "Shadow and Substance".