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Berlin [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IN81US
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,595 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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BBC correspondent Matt Frei presents this three-part series that charts the history, architecture and people that have come to define Berlin through the centuries. From its humble beginnings during the seventeenth century, Berlin evolved over its turbulent history into a crossroads for political thought, and eventually found itself at the very heart of European philosophy, art and culture.

Synopsis

Matt Frei is the BBC’s Washington correspondent. Born in Germany, he was sent by the BBC to Berlin in 1989 to report on the fall of the Wall. Now, 20 years later, he returns to take us on a fascinating journey through Berlin’s history to reveal the true spirit of the city.

Over three hour-long documentaries he explains this incredible city’s ideas, buildings and people. DANGEROUS IDEAS explores how Berlin has been a crucible for radical thought – giving birth to communism and fascism, theories of sex and sexuality, eugenics and the atomic bomb – and how the price of such experimentation has been a history of bloodshed, tyranny and violence.

RUINED VISIONS tells a story of human creativity and destruction through the buildings of Berlin. From Friedrich the Second’s imperial city and Bauhaus to the impact of Speers’ Neo-classical Nazi dream and the Wall; what began as a 17th century provincial town became a city unique in the world.

ICH BIN EIN BERLINER reveals the spirit of Berlin’s people, characterised by their struggle for freedom. Having flocked to enjoy the city’s religious toleration, they took on the Nazis and risked their lives to cross the Wall – the iron rod of oppression and a thirst for liberty have shaped the Berliner.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Belgo on 4 Aug. 2011
Long a home to Germany's (and indeed the world's) artists, rebels and outcasts, Berlin is the place where the 20th century began and ended and is a more than deserving subject for this in-depth (3x1 hour) documentary written and presented by the BBC's Matt Frei.

I must be honest - I'd long appreciated Matt Frei's journalism but had never realised that he was German (his accent gives nothing away even if, on reflection, his surname does...). So who better to guide a British audience through this cleverly constructed narrative of his nation's capital. Indeed you get the feeling that this is a story that Matt Frei has long been waiting to tell, and it's done with enthusiasm, wit and and a profound knowledge of - and feeling for - this great city. The story is told predominantly through weaving together the lives of the city's inhabitants, from those who shaped the course of its history - such as Frederich the Great or Hitler - through to those otherwise ordinary citizens who've been shaped by it, such as those who still recall witnessing Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, or who suffered at the hands of the Red Army in 1945. In each case, big events are seen through small eyes and it was hard not to be moved at the first-hand accounts of holocaust survivors or families carved in two by Berlin Wall, for example.

Part three begins and ends with an elderly woman clinging on to a balcony on the day the Berlin Wall was constructed. Above her, East German police trying to pull her towards Communism, below her West Berliners encouraging her to jump towards the freedom of the capitalist west. It's a fantastic metaphor for Berlin - and Germany - and if you're only even remotely interested in German history or indeed in that of the Cold War or Europe more generally then I cannot recommend this documentary series highly enough. Television history at its very best.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Norris on 7 Dec. 2009
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A very impressive documentary series charting the Berlin's bloody, magnificent and moving story in 3 parts. This is no lightweight tour guide programme but one that deals with the city's psyche and split personality. It's a bloody, moving and magnificent story deftly presented by Matt Frei.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Garnier on 1 Dec. 2009
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Loved the series when it was shown on TV, a very interesting approach towards what must be the most complex, interesting and fascinating city on earth. Instead of telling Berlin's story in chronological order, Matt Frei looks at Berlin from different angles, presenting the concepts and ideas, the architecture and people which (re)shaped the city. In doing so Mr Frei provides us with a compelling inside view. Compulsory viewing for anyone who would like to go and see for themselves.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 1 April 2010
Even tough I am living at present in Berlin and actually I am not a big fan of the town
one could fall into love with this city after having watched Matt Frei's take on Berlin.
Lots of think about and maybe to re-evaluate. Definitely a series to watch and a great video.
Matt Frei's presentation is flawless.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deise on 27 April 2010
All points of history covered from Frederick the Great to the fall of the Wall. Privileged access gained to such buildings as Templehof airport and the statue on the Brandenburg Gate.

A fascinating documentary series for a fascinating city.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lindell Peter on 7 Feb. 2010
Great documentary that gave me a new perspective on not just Berlin but on German history. Matt Frei delivers it with passion, empathy, knowledge and insight. Anyone with interest in this city with its brutal and fascinating history and its influence on Germany and mayby, indeed, the rest of the world is highly recommended to watch this. BBC keeps setting the standard for brilliant documentaries.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Pearl on 30 Mar. 2010
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A really fantastic documentary of Berlin and its history. An eye opener as to the legacy of the past, in particular of WWII. Well made and enjoyable to watch again and again.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. N. Winfield on 11 Feb. 2010
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Congratulations Matt Frei!!Excellent series! It captured all my memories of Berlin as a city which has contiually reinvented itself and of a cosmopolitan people who, inspite of their horrendous historical past at times, have proved so resiliant: it's down to their sense of humour and sense of self-worth and civic pride. Go there if you can ( and dine at Dressler's on Unter den Linden!!)
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