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Babylon Berlin 

Colognian commissioner Gereon Rath moves to Berlin, the epicenter of political and social changes in the Golden Twenties.
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Series cast summary:
Volker Bruch ...  Gereon Rath 16 episodes, 2017
Liv Lisa Fries ...  Charlotte Ritter 16 episodes, 2017
Peter Kurth ...  Bruno Wolter 16 episodes, 2017
Matthias Brandt ...  August Benda 16 episodes, 2017
Leonie Benesch ...  Greta Overbeck 16 episodes, 2017
Severija Janusauskaite ...  Svetlana Sorokina 14 episodes, 2017
Lars Eidinger ...  Alfred Nyssen 14 episodes, 2017
Misel Maticevic ...  Der Armenier / ... 14 episodes, 2017
Fritzi Haberlandt ...  Elisabeth Behnke 14 episodes, 2017
Karl Markovics ...  Samuel Katelbach 14 episodes, 2017
Jens Harzer ...  Dr. Anno Schmidt 14 episodes, 2017
Ernst Stötzner Ernst Stötzner ...  Generalmajor Seegers 14 episodes, 2017
Jördis Triebel ...  Dr. Völcker 14 episodes, 2017
Christian Friedel ...  Gräf 14 episodes, 2017
Thomas Thieme Thomas Thieme ...  Karl Zörgiebel 14 episodes, 2017
Denis Burgazliev Denis Burgazliev ...  Trochin 13 episodes, 2017
Pasha Sol ...  Trochin 13 episodes, 2017
Anton von Lucke ...  Stephan Jänicke 12 episodes, 2017
Derrick VanDerMillen ...  Stephan Jänicke 10 episodes, 2017
Ivan Shvedoff ...  Alexej Kardakow 9 episodes, 2017
Hannah Herzsprung ...  Helga Rath 9 episodes, 2017
Waléra Kanischtscheff ...  Michail Fallin 9 episodes, 2017
Dmitri Alexandrov ...  Grigori Selenskij 9 episodes, 2017
Henning Peker Henning Peker ...  Franz Krajewski 8 episodes, 2017
Sebastian Urzendowsky ...  Max Fuchs 8 episodes, 2017
Thorsten Merten Thorsten Merten ...  Henning 8 episodes, 2017
Rüdiger Klink Rüdiger Klink ...  Czerwinski 8 episodes, 2017
Philip Hersh ...  Franz Krajewski 8 episodes, 2017
Benno Fürmann ...  Oberst Wendt 7 episodes, 2017
Jacob Matschenz Jacob Matschenz ...  Fritz 7 episodes, 2017
Marie Gruber Marie Gruber ...  Emmi Wolter 7 episodes, 2017
Irene Böhm Irene Böhm ...  Toni Ritter 7 episodes, 2017
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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 https://www.babylon-berlin.com/en/about-babylon-berlin/the-story/

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Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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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 »

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A crossover between Great Gatsby, Miss Marple, The Untouchables, Casino witha European twist.
4 February 2018 | by resiregSee all my reviews

This series are one of the best I've ever seen. First of all because they are educational. They tell us about how life was under the Weimar Republic (the democratic regime in Germany between 1919 and 1933). I am tired of all those cliches about Germany as fascistland, ignoring the rich history this country had before authoritarianism.

In Germany 1929, the country is falling apart because of the great depression combined with the crippling punishment of Versailles treaty, plus almost all adult males are crippled because of WWI or heavily shell shocked, with seizures and convilsions that prevented them of working or actually leading normal lives. Starvation, homelessness, drug use and prostitition (male, female and transvestite ) are essentially the only way many families resort in order to feed their children and older relatives. Heroin addiction is a menace, and that despair is driving people to embrace any charlatan, demagogue or ideology that promises bringing them a better future (which at the time, was not fascim yet, but Bolshevism, with Trotskyists and Stalinist competing and fighting each other).

Despite all that hopelessness and misery that Germans were enduring, there is an incredible cultural scene happening in Berlin, where the nightlife is intense, American Jazz musicians and dancers achieve success, the arts (Cinema, design, architecture, music) is evolving, there is a lot of beauty and reckless sex happening. Decadence is the word to describe the atmosphere, where a caste society lives another planet, with country clubs, mansions and servants, while the plight of the majority is simply ignored. It almost feel like the Blade Runner society.

It is not mentioned in the series, but at the time, Albert Einstein was a professor in Berlin, and Fritz Lang was the king of Cinema, Walter Gropius founded Bauhaus by that time, Vladimir Nabokov was living there, in short, the great Europeans minds flocked to Berlin in the late 1920s. So what you appreciate in the series is this dicotomy. How a society with so much brilliance, talent and efficiency could have rebuild itself slowly and become a prosperous nation, but later the population made wrong choices and followed the call that ended up in a disaster that they will never recover. I was in Berlin 2 tears ago, and saw how damaged the city is and felt so sorry for them and their curse.

The series gives us some contex that help us understand how many people, mostly good intentioned, ended up supporting a system in 1933 that was almost non existent in the 20s (fascism). Their regime at the time was democratic, with a free press, a legal system, parliament, etc.

Babylon Berlin is not only politics. It is also thriller, romance, drama and action. The main actors Gereon and Lotte are very charismatic and you cheer for them all the time, because they come from disfunctional families, but they try to do the right thing all the time. It is almos impossible not to fall in love with Lotte.

The rest of the cast is also very good looking, but still keeping the beauty standars accurate with the early 20th century. Their nude bodies are beautiful, but never arousing. The nakedness is constant, but never out of place. And people smoke all the time, whic is also accurate. There is almost no scene without a cigarette.

I hope most people enjoy just like I did


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