A metropolis in turmoil. From economy to culture, politics to the underworld - everything is in the grip of radical change. Speculation and inflation are already tearing away at the foundations of the still young Weimar Republic. Growing poverty and unemployment stand in stark contrast to the excesses and indulgence of the city's night life and its overflowing creative energy. Gereon Rath, a young police inspector from Cologne, is transferred to Berlin in order to solve a criminal case - a porno ring run by the Berlin Mafia. What at first glance appears to be simply a matter of extortion soon reveals itself to be a scandal that will forever change the lives of both Gereon and his closest associates. Together with stenotypist Charlotte Ritter and his partner Bruno Wolter, Rath is confronted with a tangled web of corruption, drug dealing, and weapons trafficking, forcing him into an existential conflict as he is torn between loyalty and uncovering the truth. And we are left wondering: ...
Various episodes contain deliberate but subtle musical anachronisms consisting of songs originally recorded by English glam rock singer Bryan Ferry and his band Roxy Music, but performed in a period-appropriate 1920s jazz style. Ferry worked in the music department for the series and also appears as a singer at Moka Efti. See more »
If, you are tired of the condescending, juvenile American TV series banality? watch "Babylon Berlin" It is a German TV series set in the 1920's in Berlin. Shades of "I am a camera" The plot, actors, locations, script, dance routines (yes dance.. it does actually fit into the story) are all fantastically well done. The lead actress, Liv Lisa Fries, is perfect as a cross between Audrey Tautou in "Amelie" and Caroline Proust in "Engranage" Quirky, tough, determined, good hearted (buried a little) and capable of doing what is necessary; however distasteful. She also has a passing resemblance to Proust which is definite a good thing! Her character depicts the resignation of women, in a man's world, to what levels they have to sink to... to get by and keep themselves sane. Of course, it is in German; but you can find it with English subs. Make efforts to find it and you will not be disappointed.
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