History UsefulNotes / Berlin

30th Dec '15 2:38:47 PM Prfnoff
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WeimarGermany's Berlin is a very vibrant and colourful place, comparable with Paris. TruthInTelevision here. Portrayals focus on the development of Cabaret culture, sexual egalitarianism and great night-life. Some fictions even portray it as a CityNoir setting. Interestingly a lot of the classic writers and directors of FilmNoir -- Creator/BillyWilder, Creator/OttoPreminger, Robert Siodmak, Creator/FritzLang -- were Berliners during the 20s and many of them admitted in interviews that their films about the American underbelly were often inspired by their memories of 20s Berlin, which came very close to resembling the exaggerated CityNoir landscape beloved in later fictions.

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WeimarGermany's Berlin is a very vibrant and colourful place, comparable with Paris. TruthInTelevision here. Portrayals focus on the development of Cabaret culture, sexual egalitarianism and great night-life. Some fictions even portray it as a CityNoir setting. Interestingly a lot of the classic writers and directors of FilmNoir -- Creator/BillyWilder, Creator/OttoPreminger, Robert Siodmak, Creator/FritzLang -- were Berliners during the 20s and many of them admitted in interviews that their films about the American underbelly were often inspired by their memories of 20s Berlin, which came very close to resembling the exaggerated CityNoir landscape beloved in later fictions.
13th Oct '15 2:34:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Unknown''.

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* ''Unknown''.''Film/{{Unknown 2011}}'' starts with the protagonist attending a Berlin science conference, before losing his memory and no one remembering who he is.
13th Oct '15 2:33:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Olympia'', the official film of the 1936 Olympic Games, directed by [[TriumphOfTheWill Leni Riefenstahl]].

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* ''Olympia'', ''Film/{{Olympia}}'', the official film of the 1936 Olympic Games, directed by [[TriumphOfTheWill Leni Riefenstahl]].Riefenstahl.
11th Oct '15 11:38:09 AM nombretomado
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* The PhineasAndFerb episode ''Summer Belongs to You'' shows three Berlin landmarks in the "Bouncing Around the World" sequence: The glass dome of the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, and Alexanderplatz with the world clock and the television tower.

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* The PhineasAndFerb ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode ''Summer "Summer Belongs to You'' You" shows three Berlin landmarks in the "Bouncing Around the World" sequence: The glass dome of the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, and Alexanderplatz with the world clock and the television tower.
1st Aug '15 1:20:11 PM karstovich2
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* Music/DavidBowie's ''Berlin'' trilogy are three albums recorded entirely or partly in Berlin (particularly the famous "Hansa-by-the-Wall" studio) and breathing a very specific city atmosphere: ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'', ''Music/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Music/{{Lodger}}'' (with ''Music/StationToStation'', recorded in Los Angeles but inspired in part by Bowie's European travels, serving as an "introduction" and/or a bridge to his previous, soul/funk-influenced work, ''Music/YoungAmericans''). The title track of ''Heroes'' specifically mentions UsefulNotes/TheBerlinWall. In Berlin it's almost seen as an anthem and Bowie even recorded a German version of it.

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* Music/DavidBowie's ''Berlin'' trilogy are three albums recorded entirely or partly in Berlin (particularly the famous "Hansa-by-the-Wall" studio) and breathing a very specific city atmosphere: ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'', ''Music/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Music/{{Lodger}}'' (with ''Music/StationToStation'', recorded in Los Angeles but inspired in part by Bowie's European travels, serving as an "introduction" and/or a bridge to his previous, soul/funk-influenced work, ''Music/YoungAmericans''). The title track of ''Heroes'' specifically mentions UsefulNotes/TheBerlinWall. In Berlin it's almost seen as an anthem and Bowie even recorded a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXV3rlr9G04a German version of it.it]].
1st Aug '15 1:19:09 PM karstovich2
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* Music/DavidBowie's ''Berlin'' trilogy are three albums recorded in Berlin and breathing a very specific city atmosphere: ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'', ''Music/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Music/{{Lodger}}'' (with ''Music/StationToStation'', recorded in Los Angeles but inspired in part by Bowie's European travels, serving as an "introduction" and/or a bridge to his previous, soul/funk-influenced work, ''Music/YoungAmericans''). The latter album has a title track, ''Heroes'', which specifically mentions UsefulNotes/TheBerlinWall. In Berlin it's almost seen as an anthem and Bowie even recorded a German version of it.

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* Music/DavidBowie's ''Berlin'' trilogy are three albums recorded entirely or partly in Berlin (particularly the famous "Hansa-by-the-Wall" studio) and breathing a very specific city atmosphere: ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'', ''Music/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Music/{{Lodger}}'' (with ''Music/StationToStation'', recorded in Los Angeles but inspired in part by Bowie's European travels, serving as an "introduction" and/or a bridge to his previous, soul/funk-influenced work, ''Music/YoungAmericans''). The latter album has a title track, ''Heroes'', which track of ''Heroes'' specifically mentions UsefulNotes/TheBerlinWall. In Berlin it's almost seen as an anthem and Bowie even recorded a German version of it.
1st Aug '15 1:17:32 PM karstovich2
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* Music/DavidBowie's ''Berlin'' trilogy are three albums recorded in Berlin and breathing a very specific city atmosphere: ''Music/StationToStation'', ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'' and ''Music/{{Heroes}}''. The latter album has a title track, ''Heroes'', which specifically mentions UsefulNotes/TheBerlinWall. In Berlin it's almost seen as an anthem and Bowie even recorded a German version of it.

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* Music/DavidBowie's ''Berlin'' trilogy are three albums recorded in Berlin and breathing a very specific city atmosphere: ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'', ''Music/{{Heroes}}'', and ''Music/{{Lodger}}'' (with ''Music/StationToStation'', ''[[Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum Low]]'' and ''Music/{{Heroes}}''.recorded in Los Angeles but inspired in part by Bowie's European travels, serving as an "introduction" and/or a bridge to his previous, soul/funk-influenced work, ''Music/YoungAmericans''). The latter album has a title track, ''Heroes'', which specifically mentions UsefulNotes/TheBerlinWall. In Berlin it's almost seen as an anthem and Bowie even recorded a German version of it.
13th Jun '15 11:37:21 AM Prfnoff
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From then on, the history of Berlin coincides with the history of Germany in general. At the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Germany was declared a republic in Berlin and the political street fights there got so nasty that the constitutional assembly for the German Reich was moved to Weimar, hence the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic. In 1920, the almost bi-million city of Berlin was enlarged another and the last time, doubling its population to almost four million people. 20s Berlin despite is weak economy, political instability and the large cloud of inevitable doom that carries all retrospective perspectives of the time, is often regarded as the epitome of 20th Century Modernism. It was the age of Creator/BertoltBrecht and Music/KurtWeill, the cartoons of George Grosz, amazing advances in architecture, Music/ArnoldSchoenberg's atonal music, the development of Cabaret and other night-clubs celebrated in later fictions and of course GermanExpressionism in the films of Creator/FritzLang and Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau. It was a cosmopolitan city that was even reknowned for being a gay capital. Like all good parties, it didn't last forever.

After the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic fell for ThoseWackyNazis that caused UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and that was lost to the Germans and made the Berlin population plummet to about three million (where it essentially remained since then), the Allies divided the old Reich capital akin to the rest of what remained of Germany, with the French in the northwest, the British in the west, the Americans in the south, and the Soviets in the east. Berlin suffered greatly under being the playball of the superpowers in the upcoming UsefulNotes/ColdWar, leading to its division. East Berlin was quickly integrated into the structures of UsefulNotes/EastGermany, serving as its capital. West Berlin survived the Soviet blockade of 1948/49 via the Berlin Airlift, keeping its status as an island of the free world amid the red sea of communism. For many years, it was easy to flee from the East to the West via Berlin. To turn off this leak in the Iron Curtain, the GDR built the infamous death trap commonly called the BerlinWall on August 13, 1961.

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From then on, the history of Berlin coincides with the history of Germany in general. At the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Germany was declared a republic in Berlin and the political street fights there got so nasty that the constitutional assembly for the German Reich was moved to Weimar, hence the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic. In 1920, the almost bi-million city of Berlin was enlarged another and the last time, doubling its population to almost four million people. 20s Berlin despite is weak economy, political instability and the large cloud of inevitable doom that carries all retrospective perspectives of the time, is often regarded as the epitome of 20th Century Modernism. It was the age of Creator/BertoltBrecht and Music/KurtWeill, the cartoons of George Grosz, amazing advances in architecture, Music/ArnoldSchoenberg's atonal music, the development of Cabaret and other night-clubs celebrated in later fictions and of course GermanExpressionism in the films of Creator/FritzLang and Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau. It was a cosmopolitan city that was even reknowned for being a gay capital. Like all good parties, it didn't last forever.

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forever. The burning of the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic fell for Reichstag building in February 1933 helped ThoseWackyNazis that caused UsefulNotes/WorldWarII consolidate their power, and that was lost to they were firmly in control by the Germans and made time the city hosted the 1936 Olympics.

Berlin suffered more destruction than any other European city in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Allied bombing raids and the invasion of the Red Army took a harsh toll on the city, making the population plummet to about three million (where million, where it essentially remained since then), then. After UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler took his own life in a bunker and Germany surrendered, the Allies divided the old Reich capital akin to the rest of what remained of Germany, with the French in the northwest, the British in the west, the Americans in the south, and the Soviets in the east. Berlin suffered greatly under being the playball of the superpowers in the upcoming UsefulNotes/ColdWar, leading to its division. East Berlin was quickly integrated into the structures of UsefulNotes/EastGermany, serving as its capital. West Berlin survived the Soviet blockade of 1948/49 via the Berlin Airlift, keeping its status as an island of the free world amid the red sea of communism. For many years, it was easy to flee from the East to the West via Berlin. To turn off this leak in the Iron Curtain, the GDR built the infamous death trap commonly called the BerlinWall on August 13, 1961.
13th Jun '15 11:16:22 AM Prfnoff
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In 1415, Elector Frederick I got the throne over the Margraviate of Brandenburg, ending Berlin's existence as a Hanseatic city and starting the century-long legacy of the Hohenzollern dynasty. After severe losses due to the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar, "Great Elector" Frederic William made a hell of a deal to (re-)populate his war-torn country and prevent future suffering from any games great powers might potentially play. The biggest deal was the edict of Potsdam from 1685, essentially an invitation to persecuted French Protestants, the Huguenots, to live in Brandenburg.[[note]]There were still French-language Huguenot schools in Berlin and wider Brandenburg until the early 20th century, and some of Berlin's more prominent families come from this background (e.g. the de Maizières, who have held several high-ranking posts in modern Germany).[[/note]] The lion's share of the 15,000 that came settled in Berlin, which has always been supported as a strongpoint in the area. In essence, this should become the cornerstone of Berlin as the lone metropolis in the rural sea of Brandenburg as it's known to this day.

In 1701, Brandenburg-Prussia become the [[{{Prussia}} Kingdom of Prussia]], retaining Berlin as its capital. With Prussia growing the following two centuries (e.g. Silesia, Rhineland, Hannover and others), Berlin became the capital of an ever-growing country and therefore a magnet for more and more people, making it especially distinct from the surrounding Brandenburg which also affected its dialect. In essence, the growth of Berlin was the result of the sheer willpower of its rulers.

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In 1415, Elector Frederick I got the throne over the Margraviate of Brandenburg, ending Berlin's existence as a Hanseatic city and starting the century-long legacy of the Hohenzollern dynasty. After severe losses due to the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar, "Great Elector" Frederic William made a hell of a deal to (re-)populate his war-torn country and prevent future suffering from any games great powers might potentially play. The biggest deal was the edict of Potsdam from 1685, essentially an invitation to persecuted French Protestants, the Huguenots, to live in Brandenburg.[[note]]There were still French-language Huguenot schools in Berlin and wider Brandenburg until the early 20th century, and some of Berlin's more prominent families come from this background (e.g. the de Maizières, who have held several high-ranking posts in modern Germany).[[/note]] The lion's share of the 15,000 that came settled in Berlin, which has always been supported as a strongpoint in the area.area, though Potsdam, a small fishing village sixteen miles to the southwest, was also elevated to importance when the elector built a palace there. In essence, this should become the cornerstone of Berlin as the lone metropolis in the rural sea of Brandenburg as it's known to this day.

In 1701, Brandenburg-Prussia become the [[{{Prussia}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Kingdom of Prussia]], retaining Berlin as its capital. With Prussia growing the following two centuries (e.g. Silesia, Rhineland, Hannover and others), Berlin became the capital of an ever-growing country and therefore a magnet for more and more people, making it especially distinct from the surrounding Brandenburg which also affected its dialect. In essence, the growth of Berlin was the result of the sheer willpower of its rulers.
17th May '15 9:19:41 AM Prfnoff
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* If you're at an airport, you're definitely not in the eastern half. East Berlin's airport was built at Schönefeld, outside the city limits; since reunification, it has been expanded into the modern Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport. The Tegel airport, built in the French sector at the time of the Berlin Airlift, was supposed to have closed years ago, but remains open for the moment. Tempelhof, Berlin's original airport, was closed in 2008. The military airfield at Gatow, which lies near the city's western limits, was a [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Air Force]] base for nearly five decades after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; the [[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Bundeswehr]] took it over in 1994, but have since then mostly operated it as a museum.

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* If you're at an airport, you're definitely not in the eastern half. East Berlin's airport was built at Schönefeld, outside the city limits; since reunification, it has been expanded into the modern Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport. The Tegel airport, built in the French sector at the time of the Berlin Airlift, was supposed to have closed years ago, but remains open for the moment. Tempelhof, Berlin's original airport, was closed in 2008. The small military airfield at Gatow, which lies near the city's western limits, was a [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Air Force]] base for nearly five decades after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; the [[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Bundeswehr]] took it over in 1994, but have since then mostly operated it as a museum.
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