At the end of WW I in 1918, Berlin was finally shorn of her empire. The monarchy was vacated, and the Wiemar Republic was proclaimed. Released from her global responsibilities, Berlin blossomed.
Despite the intervening political turmoil and hyperinflation, Berlin became a haven for artists, poets, freethinkers, filmmakers and many others. Christopher Isherwood—whose novel of Berlin I am a Camera would eventually be made into the musical picture Cabaret—lived in Berlin for half a decade. Albert Einstein was the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics in Berlin from 1914 through 1933, only departing for the United States upon Hitler’s rise to power.
But to really conjure up the image and feelings of those heady times can be done with just two names: Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou.
To this day, the magic of films from Lang and Harbou’s famous husband-and-wife collaboration can send ...read more