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Sep 13, 2017

THE KAISER AND THE BAD SEEDS

Berlin is a city on the move. Like the people who live here it is permanently restless, forever going somewhere but never really getting there, its roots never reach deep … Continue reading

Mar 22, 2017

GOOD FILM – BAD FILM or ONLY TIME CAN TELL

Today, a quote from a film review published by “Berliner Börsen-Courier” (the evening edition) on March 11, 1927: “Thea von Harbou invented an impossible plot over-stuffed with themes and stories … Continue reading

Mar 10, 2017

FLY OVER BERLIN LIKE IT´S 1918: ON BOARD OF THE L35

The recent visit of the Uhrwerk-Ozean (Clockwork Ocean) Zeppelin in Berlin – which we announced on this blog three days ago with enough enthusiasm to keep the machine afloat in … Continue reading

Jun 19, 2016

THE BERLIN WEEKEND CINEMA: THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US

Released in 1946 as “Mörder Sind Unter Uns”, it was the first German film made in Germany after WW2. Its director, Wolfgang Staude, gave the main part – that of … Continue reading

Jun 27, 2015

CELLULOID BERLIN: TOMORROW AT THE ZEUGHAUSKINO

Tomorrow on May 20th at 8pm the “Zeughauskino” at the German Historic Museum will be showing the 1962 Franz Harnack´s film adaptation of a classic of German literature: Hans Fallada´s … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

LEGOLAND

You can call it propaganda or you can call it a tourist-oriented promo film but you are bound to enjoy watching the official version of the life in the 1980 … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

WALKING BERLIN

Nothing like a wonderful old amateur film made in the city in the 1930s to make you feel like walking around Berlin for a bit longer than necessary. Forget the … Continue reading

Apr 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

IT´S CABARET!

Here is the famous opening scene for the 1972 “Cabaret” – spot the Sylvia von Harden character sitting at her desk. By the way, should you be interested in the … Continue reading

Apr 4, 2015

THE WEEKEND CINEMA

As a little sequel to the previous post, here is “The Golem´s” prequel from 1920 with music background by Hans Landsberger. It is worth knowing that the scenography for the … Continue reading

Jan 16, 2015

OUT AND ABOUT IN BERLIN: “J´Accuse” by Abel Gance at the Zeughauskino

J´Accuse by Abel Gance, one of the most powerful statements against World War I and against the military’s, politicians’ and society’s shared responsibility for its horrors, was first screened in April … Continue reading

Dec 13, 2014

OUT AND ABOUT: SUNSET BOULEVARD AT THE “ARSENAL”

Billy Wilder’s 1950 Sunset Boulevard starring the inimitable Gloria Swanson as the faded silent movie star Norma Desmond and William Holden as the unsuccessful scriptwriter Joe Gillis, is one of the … Continue reading

Aug 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: DAYS ARE HANGING DOWN LIKE WEEPING WILLOWS

How about a fantastic little video of a little bus tour through West Berlin in the 1960s with the music by Gerd Wilden? See the wonderful lady who steps out … Continue reading

Aug 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

KREUZBERGED ON TV

A couple of months ago, in the bleakest of the bleak Berlin midwinter when the temperatures fell seriously below “Friendly” (or during those only two weeks when it actually got … Continue reading

Apr 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

GOING TO THE PICTURES

What kreuzberged.com is looking forward to this week: A great film by a great director with great actors AND made in Berlin-Brandenburg and Görlitz. At the cinemas in Berlin and beyond from … Continue reading

Mar 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

KREUZBERG – THE SCENE OF CRIME

It´s official. The most popular German crime series, Tatort (The Scene of Crime) – a Sunday evening TV affair sweeping the streets of the Republic empty as if by magic, … Continue reading

Feb 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

SEEN ON TV: THE STORY OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

Did you know that the man thanks to whom it was finally possible to put Frederic Bartholdi´s Statue of Liberty on her today´s spot on Liberty Island (former Bedloe´s Island) … Continue reading

Feb 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

LOVE YOUR KIEZ: KEVIN RUMLEY CROPS THE SCHLESICHE STRASSE BLOCK

From Kevin Rumley for Crop The Block project: a short film about Schlesische Strasse and the importance of being one with the place where you live. Well made, witty and … Continue reading

Jan 20, 2014

HIGH CULTURE – The Sputnik Cinema turns 25

It is small, it is cosy and it is high: this week SPUTNIK KINO in Hasenheide 54, placed in the 5th floor officially the highest cinema in Berlin, is beginning … Continue reading

Nov 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: OCTOBER 29th – A DAY AT THE PICTURES

1910 During the first decade of the 20th century Berlin-Kreuzberg saw the opening of its first eight proper (read: used mostly and entirely for presenting films) cinemas. In fact, it … Continue reading

Nov 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: MARLENE DIETRICH “IN DEN RUINEN VON BERLIN”

This wonderful piece was written by Friedrich (later also Frederick) Hollaender, an extremely talented Jewish musician and composer born in the UK but with the peak of his career in … Continue reading

Oct 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND: BERLIN in 1928

Here is a little bit of entertainment in case your weekend were not densely scheduled yet. A 1928 film footage from Berlin with an added soundtrack that for a change … Continue reading

Aug 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

AT THE OPEN-AIR CINEMA LAST NIGHT: GIBSY

Yesterday, on August 15th at 9.15PM the open-air cinema at the Kunstquartier Bethanien am Mariannenplatz presented a film about one of the most famous and most tragic characters in Kreuzberg´s … Continue reading

Aug 16, 2013

BERLIN WEST OF THE EAST

As a little extra to the last post, please watch a documentary which explains the situation before, during and after the blockade of Berlin in 1948-1949 in nothing but excellent … Continue reading

Jun 25, 2013

THE BERLIN BLOCKADE AND THE AIR-LIFT

1948 On June 24th, 1948 the Berlin Blockade began – West Berlin, surrounded by Soviet ruled territories, is almost completely cut off from any supplies from the outside, necessary for the … Continue reading

Jun 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: MADRADEUS

The photo used in the last post made me crave to listen to the soundtrack for Wim Wenders´ 1995 film “Lisbon Story”. I believe you will know why once you … Continue reading

Jun 11, 2013

BERLIN STREETS 1900-1914

The images might often be shaky and out of focus but what they show was steady and sharp: Berlin in the years leading to the 1st World War. The city … Continue reading

May 31, 2013

TOO DRUNK TOO WATCH – PUNK FILM FESTIVAL IN KREUZBERG

Punk Not Dead! And the least in Kreuzberg over the next couple of days. Between May 9th and May 12th the Moviemento Cinema in Kottbusser Damm 22 (corner Hohestaufenplatz aka … Continue reading

May 8, 2013

DAYS AT THE TECHNIKMUSEUM: THEY SAW IT ON TV

Among what feels like thousands and thousands of fantastic objects on display at the Telecommunications Exhibition in Technikmuseum (Trebbiner Strasse 9, Berlin-Kreuzberg) there is also a TV set from 1937. … Continue reading

Apr 24, 2013

WALKING THROUGH BERLIN IN 1929

Another diamond dug up on You Tube a while ago will be perfect viewing now that we are on the brink of summer ourselves. Filmed in Berlin in the summer … Continue reading

Apr 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

SAW IT ON TV: RBB DOCMENTARY “DAS NEUE BERLIN”

A great Berlin documentary on RBB (Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg) about the new Berlin – full of incomers, foreigners, people with talent and ambition (often all of the above at once:-) … Continue reading

Apr 16, 2013

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