The beautiful city of Berlin often attracts filmmakers from around the world, thanks to the mix of old and modern architecture. Watching movies set in Berlin before visiting is a great way to get a feel for the city, and is a fun way to see some of the sights and plan your itinerary before arriving.
Here are some of the best English movies set in Berlin.
The Bourne Supremacy 2004
The most recent big movie that starred Berlin as the backdrop is the Bourne Supremacy, featuring Hollywood superstar Matt Damon. The film sees Damon head to Berlin, where he tries to piece together the story of his past. The producers also disguised the Berlin Exhibition Grounds to become a customs office in Naples.
Run Lola Run 1998
The visually intoxicating indie film Run Lola Run became a commercial hit after positive word-of-mouth spread about the quirky film. Featuring 3 different endings, all played out one after the other, and a beautiful flame-haired protagonist, the film shows Berlin in a positive light and was a symbol of Germany’s new energy when it was released in 1998. It may be hard to see Berlin city in much detail because the main character is usually shown running at full speed through the city. The movie is worth watching for the unique storytelling style, along with the glimpses of Berlin life seen in the quieter moments.
Around the World in 80 Days 2004
You may be surprised to know that the scenes set in Paris during the Disney remake of Around the World in 80 Days were actually filmed in Berlin. The film producers chose the beautiful Charlottenberg Palace and grounds to stand in for Paris, which is a notoriously expensive city to film in.
Aeon Flux 2005
Despite average reviews and low box-office takings, science fiction fans consider Aeon Flux to be a masterpiece. The movie is a veritable showcase of famous Berlin architecture, with many of the city landmarks being transformed into futuristic locations. Keep an eye out for the Hall of Condolence at the Krematorium Baumschulenweg, which is used as the setting for political meetings, and the Bauhaus Archiv which became an apartment block.
Science fiction directors are attracted to Berlin due to the imposing architecture, low-cost of filming and abundance of local production talent. The Babelsberg Studios in Berlin have been used to film scenes for many Hollywood movies. Equilibrium, filmed in 2002, turned the city of Berlin into a future world where feelings and creativity are illegal. Famous Berlin locations include the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Tempelhof Airport, the Berlin Olympic Stadium and parts of the Berlin U-Bahn.
There is a lot to love about Berlin, Germany largest city. It’s a multicultural melting-pot of over 180 different nationalities, and is located on the picturesque river Spree. Berlin residents enjoy a temperate climate throughout the year, and more than a third of the city is composed of parkland, gardens and lakes. To experience Berlin for yourself, the best way to be immersed is to enjoy a short term apartment rentals Berlin among those which you can find on a holiday property website such as www.city-getaway.com.