Berlin must have been a stunning city pre war. Thank goodness Paris was spared the same fate during the war.
If you want to know what it feels like to be a refugee or displaced person of war, open your eyes and look around.
Who among us can say that we might also end up the same way at some point in things to come....?
I have seen the Trümmerberg created by the famous Trümmerfrauen but cannot remember the actual huge tonnage of rubble they moved to create them , an incrdible physical effort by the women taking into consideration the circumstances they were living !
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
Most major German towns have such a locale. There is also a prominent one outside of Muenchen at Frottmaning, when you make your way on the outer ring Autobahn toward Salzburg coming from the airport and or points north and west.
See list here.
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(In fact, building of the Wall begin during the shoot in Berlin, forcing the production to relocate to the Bavaria Filmstudios at Munich, where a film set with the Brandenburg Gate was built for the scenes set there.)
Divided Berlin is as important for the story and general feel of the film as, say, post-war Vienna was for "The Third Man".
Perfectly crafted, as could be expected from any film by this director, it has a clever story, fast pace and excellent cast, headed by James Cagney, but mostly consisting of German actors, including a young Horst Buchholz as a Communist activist and Hanns Lothar as the hilarious ex-SS man-turned Coca Cola Company employee Schlemmer**).
*) Well, all of his films are excellent, of course. ("Sunset Boulevard" is one of my all-time favorite films. But I digress.)
**) Which always makes me think of Heißmeyer's career. (Well, he had extensive job experience in spreading brown sauce, didn't he?)