Here you will find information about Berlin's theatre and cinema culture,
with a specific focus on international and English-language showings.
Needless to say, Berlin is world famous for its film and theatre history.
From its hey-day during the raucous Weimar Republic days in the 1920s,
producing such mega hits of cinema history like Nosferatu (1922,
F.W. Murnau) and Metropolis (1922, Fritz Lang), all the way to
its current status as film festival capital of Europe, third behind Cannes
As for theatre, Berlin arguably peaked with the work of Bertolt Brecht
and has declined slowly ever since. The Dreigroschenoper (Three
Penny Opera, 1928) became one of his most famous pieces before beginning
his highly politicized Communist theatre. He founded Berlin's and one
of Germany's most famous theatre companies, the Berliner Ensemble,
in 1949 after returning to Berlin after 15 years in exile in Finland,
Russia, USA and Switzerland. The BE as it is now known, still
produces impressive theatre from the old building at Friedrichstrasse.
Other big, fun and controversial names in Berlin are the directors Frank
Castorf at the Volksbühne
and Christoph Schlingensief.
And there is even quite a nice offering of good to very good English-language
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