The ‘Babylon Berlin’ crime series in Germany is like the ‘cabaret’ of cocaine.
German television is on its way. The latest subtitle was a crime series set up in Berlin in the 1920s, after the recent success of programs such as darkness and Germany’s 83. Babylon Berlin (according to German author Volker Kutscher’s crime novel) was released on Netflix on Tuesday, exploring the tumultuous nightlife of the weirma era, the busy singing and dancing scenes and the brutal criminal mentality.
In 1929, the capital of the weimar republic was an extreme city of hedonism. Just like the party drugs of the time, you can say that this new series is a song and dance show about cocaine. The first season depicted a city on the edge of an abyss. It was a few months before the rise of fascism and the collapse of the us stock market.
The German drama was not about the time of the second world war or the cold war, says co-founder Achim von Borries. “In the 1920s, it was really the capital of the world, and nobody really knew it, because of course the monsters after the nazis were so big.”
In Albert Einstein, beto, brecht, Kurt weill, Marlene Dietrich and walter Benjamin set artistic and intellectual pulse of the city, Babylon Berlin police inspector Gereon Rath performance is different.
We have some very famous serial killers, some very ugly crimes from Berlin, and the myth of the city’s dark and uncleanness.
According to co-writer and director Tom Tykwer (best known for his 1998 film, “lalala”), weimar Berlin is as rich in crime as culture. He said: “we have some very famous serial killers, some very ugly crimes from Berlin, and the myth of the city’s darkness and pollution.”
In the first episode, raz and his partner Bruno walter arrested a former colleague who is now a street heroin addict. Walter mocked him as a “quaver”, a shell-shocked veteran of the first world war. Lars remained silent because he was also affected by the war. He suppressed his tremor with regular doses of morphine.
After a difficult night in the city of Babylon, rakuten found the police inspector, Volker Bruch, at the Berlin gate.
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In the first world war, tens of thousands of veterans who lost limbs or were destroyed were reminded of the trenches, said Ulrike Zitzlsperger, a weimar expert and professor of German studies. “There was a lot of discussion about a society that was castrated,” she said. “In Germany, these people are not heroes, you can’t talk about war, you want to move on, so the trauma is terrible.”
In babylonian Berlin, the traumatized generation couldn’t sleep because of post-traumatic stress disorder – so they found solace in nightclubs. Tykwer said bubbles are cheap, and all walks of life meet in the dance floor or in the brothels below. “Then, the night life is spectacular, very experimental, with lots of different clubs, more or less of any flavor.”
Henk Handloegten, one of the co-creators of the show, found parallels between Berlin and today’s nightlife in the 1920s, especially on music. He said: “if you take techno music and you take people in their 20s from the movie — they’re dancing Charleston — it’s a perfect match.”
In this nightclub, there is a heroine Charlotte “Lotte” Ritter. During the day, she was a typist at the police headquarters. At night, she was a casual sex worker at the club’s fetish, where she earned extra cash to escape her filthy property. Ritter was a woman who freed weimar – she was even allowed to vote – she was the perfect foil for the broken male soul of raz.
Unofficial as his assistant, ritter with lars into Berlin’s criminal underworld, a cultural historian’s ‘sperry, says his full of abuse of murder, corruption and even cannibalism behavior. Not long after, they encountered a bigger political crime, a conflict between the communists and the then relative nazis.
Babylon Berlin captured the dark glamour of a brief, uplifting time between wars. For today’s berliners, the show offers a welcome escapism in the face of the city’s stability and sterility.