Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Here is a short melange of several amateur films made in Berlin between 1957 and 1960 before the construction of the Berlin Wall.
It shows a city literally rising from ruins. Looking at the clean, elegant line of Stalinallee (Karl-Marx-Allee today) with its towering bright new, modern housing project built within a blown-up and burnt-out city, it becomes easier to understand how much the Berliners must have appreciated its construction.
Probably as much as the magically twinkling neon signs around the new Kurfüstendamm in the west of the city.
One summer later that gentle, still relatively innocent and somehow cheerful air will be replaced by a thick fog that will hold the city its captive for decades to come.
On August 13th, 1961 the Wall will cut through Berlin adding another big scar to the thousands of others.