Abandoned by Moscow and desperate for cash, the East German leadership pushes their secret operatives to experiment with global capitalism and save their sinking socialist ship. Long ... See full summary »
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: ...Written by
Production designer Uli Hanisch paid homage to his famous colleague Ken Adam. Adam was born in Berlin as Klaus Hugo and was a Jew. His father, Fritz Adam, was a department store owner and had to flee the Nazis in 1934, but certain things had to be left behind. Among them plans for a huge shopping mall, which Hanisch now used for the film set. On the Art Deco facade can therefore be seen Adam & Sons. See more »
The program is everything everyone is saying... but watch it in the original German only.
The English soundtrack is absolutely horrendous. It is truely so bad that it completely alters the rating for this brilliant piece of television. It sounds like a bunch of drama students took a bunch of downers and sat around a table to read the script. There is no emotion, commitment or ownership of the characters.
And what characters there are! Babylon Berlin is an intriguing world beautifully filmed, scripted and acted.
If, like me you started watching in English and thought it was pox... do yourself a favour, watch in German and experience Babylon Berlin as it was envisioned.
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