Berlin films at Berlin cinemas

Despite their ever-decreasing numbers, Berlin still offers over 80 independent cinemas, the majority of which have managed to preserve their plush interiors from the 50s and 60s. Superb examples are the glamorous Delphi Filmpalast on Kantstraße in Charlottenburg, the beautiful Neues Off near Hermannplatz in Neukölln, and Dahlem’s own, the sophisticated Capitol, where you can have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee to go with your show. The Neues Off and Capitol, and indeed many others of their kind, show films in the original version with (German) subtitles, so you can enjoy the film and admire the craft of your subtitling colleagues. Continue reading

Films about Berlin

A bad photo of some posters for films that don't feature in this blog post

Berlin is a bit of a film buff, as cities go. Studio Babelsberg, just a short train ride away, has been responsible for masses of German films, from the likes of Metropolis in 1927 to Grand Budapest Hotel today. The city has also starred in all manner of productions, mostly as itself but sometimes as a body double for Russia. Then there’s the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). It’s held in February and pretty much everyone here goes nuts for it. In fact, it’s not unusual for people to turn up at the ticket desks at 4 a.m. with sleeping bags and flasks of tea. Berlin can get down to -20°C in winter, so they’re either super dedicated or just plain crackers.

With all that in mind, it seemed like a good idea to post a list of films linked to Berlin that will help you prepare a bit for August. I’ll keep my descriptions short, so hit IMDB etc. if you want more details. Or just watch the films! Continue reading

Dresdener Strasse

If someone called me up and said I had ten seconds to pick just one street to visit in Berlin from now on, we’d still have nine left for a chat.

Dresdener Strasse in Kreuzberg is brilliant. If anyone tells you otherwise, send them to me. I’d bring them round by feeding them a nice piece of cake, taking them to the cinema, and then buying them a champagne cocktail that rocks as much as the street we’ve been on all this time.

That’s the thing with Dresdener Strasse: once you’re on it, you hardly need to go anywhere else. Tucked behind the sci-fi tower blocks at Kottbusser Tor and lined with pre-war buildings, it’s got everything you need for a morning/afternoon/night out. I can’t list all the bars and cafes here, so I’ll just go with my favourites. Continue reading