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Encyclopedia > Babelsberg Studios
Filmstudio Babelsberg Logo showing a scene from Metropolis
Filmstudio Babelsberg Logo showing a scene from Metropolis

The Babelsberg Studios is a film studio located in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany. The studio has significant historical value as the oldest large-scale film studio in the world. It was founded in 1911 and it covers an area of about 270,000 square feet. Legendary films such as Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Der Blaue Engel have been filmed there. Image File history File links StudioBabelsberg_Logo. ... Image File history File links StudioBabelsberg_Logo. ... Metropolis is a very early science fiction film that was produced in Germany during the brief years of the Weimar Republic. ... Sanssouci, the symbol of the city Potsdam is the capital city of the federal state of Brandenburg in Germany. ... Castle of Babelsberg with the river Havel as one part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Observatory on the Babelsberg UEFA Womens Cup final Potsdam-Babelsberg or short Babelsberg is the largest district of the city of Potsdam, Germany today. ... Friedrich Anton Christian Lang (December 5, 1890 – August 2, 1976) was an Austrian-American film director, screenwriter and occasional film producer, one of the best known émigrés from Germanys school of expressionism. ... Metropolis is a very early science fiction film that was produced in Germany during the brief years of the Weimar Republic. ... Der Blaue Engel (English: The Blue Angel) is a film directed by Josef von Sternberg in 1930, and is one of the most famous films made by Marlene Dietrich. ...


Today, Studio Babelsberg is an internationally recognised full-service provider and a centre for national and international film and television productions. It is one of the leading media locations in Europe. The Studio includes the theme park Filmpark Babelsberg for visitors with stunt-shows and parts of the movies.

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History

In 1911, the company Bioscop built its first – glass – film studio in Babelsberg. The first shoot began as early as February 1912 . After the First World War, the Deutsche Bioscop Gesellschaft merged with the German branch of the French film concern Eclair „Decla“ in Babelsberg into „Decla Bioscop“. In 1921, Decla Bioscop passed into Universum Film AG (Ufa) which had been founded in 1917. This company erected the large studio (which is now known as the „Marlene Dietrich Halle“) in 1926 for the big film production of „Metropolis“ by Fritz Lang. A new chapter in the history of cinema began with the construction of the first German sound stage in Babelsberg in 1929, the Tonkreuz. „Melodie des Herzens“ with Willy Fritsch is the first German full sound film. Friedrich Anton Christian Lang (December 5, 1890 – August 2, 1976) was an Austrian-American film director, screenwriter and occasional film producer, one of the best known émigrés from Germanys school of expressionism. ...


This is followed in 1930 with the premiere of The Blue Angel by Josef von Sternberg with Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings in the lead roles. Der Blaue Engel (English: The Blue Angel) is a film directed by Josef von Sternberg in 1930, and is one of the most famous films made by Marlene Dietrich. ... Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s Marlene Dietrich (December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992) was a German-born actress, entertainer and singer. ...


From 1933 to 1945, around 1,000 feature films are made in the studios and on the studio lot. The new beginning is not long in coming after the end of the Second World War. The first clapperboard for Wolfgang Staudte's "Die Mörder sind unter uns" with Hildegard Knef and Ernst Wilhelm Borchert has already fallen on May 4, 1946. On May 17, 1946, the DEFA - Deutsche Film AG - is established. The DEFA produced over 700 feature films, including 150 children's films. Over 600 films are produced for television from 1959 to 1990. The internationally not so well-known DEFA period will be historically reappraised and honoured by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York in autumn 2005. Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft, better known as DEFA, was the national film company in the German Democratic Republic (GDR/DDR). ... General Electric GE90-115B fanblade, on display at MOMA. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. ... NY redirects here. ...


After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Treuhand took over the responsibility for the privatisation of the former DEFA. In August 1992, the Treuhandanstalt sold the former DEFA film studios in Babelsberg to the French Compagnie Générale des Eaux concern (now Vivendi Universal). In the following 12 years, the company invested approx. Euros 500 million in the film studio and the media city. This created the infrastructure in order to maintain one's hold successfully on today's market. East German construction workers building the Berlin Wall, 20 November 1961. ... Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft, better known as DEFA, was the national film company in the German Democratic Republic (GDR/DDR). ...


In July 2004, Vivendi sold Studio Babelsberg to the investment company FBB - Filmbetriebe Berlin Brandenburg GmbH which has Dr. Carl Woebcken and Christoph Fisser as shareholders.


The Filmpark Babelsberg

Scenery from Der kleine Muck in the Filmpark Babelsberg
Scenery from Der kleine Muck in the Filmpark Babelsberg

The Filmpark Babelsberg ist a theme-park about movies located in the Filmstudios. The Filmpark is divided into six different themes and 20 attractions. The Filmpark started in 1991 after the German reunification. Popular attractions are the 4D Metropolis-cinema, a U-Boot-Ride, sceneries from different movies, an animalshow and a stuntshow. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1920x1080, 1077 KB) creator:Thomas Richter File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Babelsberg Studios ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1920x1080, 1077 KB) creator:Thomas Richter File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Babelsberg Studios ... The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) German reunification (Deutsche Wiedervereinigung) took place on October 3, 1990, when the areas of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, in English commonly called East Germany) were incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, in...


Famous films shot at Babelsberg Studios

Metropolis is a very early science fiction film that was produced in Germany during the brief years of the Weimar Republic. ... Der Blaue Engel (English: The Blue Angel) is a film directed by Josef von Sternberg in 1930, and is one of the most famous films made by Marlene Dietrich. ... (Redirected from 1001 Nights) The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (كتاب ألف ليلة و ليلة in Arabic or هزار و یک شب in Persian), also known as The book of a Thousand... The NeverEnding Story (original German title Die Unendliche Geschichte) is the 1984 film adaptation of the German fantasy novel by Michael Ende. ... Around the World in 80 Days is a 2004 film based on Jules Vernes Around the World in Eighty Days. ... V for Vendetta is a 2006 action-thriller film set in London, England in a dystopian near future. ... Flightplan is a 2005 American film directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Erika Christensen and Sean Bean. ... Mission: Impossible III (abbreviated M:I-III) is the upcoming third film based on the television series Mission: Impossible. ... The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 film based on Robert Ludlums bestselling novel of the same name. ...

External links

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Filmpark Babelsberg
  • Official Webpage
  • The Filmpark official Webpage
  • Berlin Studio Plays Host To Hollywood

Coordinates: 52°23′13″N, 13°07′10″E Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Wikimedia Commons logo by Reid Beels The Wikimedia Commons (also called Commons or Wikicommons) is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


 
 

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