Berlin, a ideal city for holding a ‘movie-spotting’ tour

Potente runs underneath a Oberbaum overpass in Berlin in a stage from Run Lola Run. Potente runs underneath a Oberbaum overpass in Berlin in a stage from Run Lola Run.

Remember how Lola ran? The lady with a fire red hair in a 1998 thriller Run Lola Run, has to run opposite Berlin in 20 mins to save her boyfriend. He has left a bag full of income in a subway, and unless she can get it for him, in time, he will be shot.

Given a distance of a city, it is unfit to make such a lurch in such a brief time, though “filmi” time, as we know, is a severely compressible thing. Director Tom Twyker, a Berlin boy, gave us a lady who ran, and combined a film that was pristine adrenaline — it raced around a city and afterwards a world, and gave us a window on a new immature German cinema.

Nearly 20 years on, a city has altered enormously. And yet, some places are now recognisable: a video train debate that takes us by some famous spots, stops during a intersection where Lola ran. Bobby Grampp, a guide, swings uniformly into his patter: demeanour during that façade, that was a bank that Lola (played by Franka Potente) runs into, to ask her father for help, and that is a building she goes into.


In monitors inside a bus, clips from a film play out, and we get a multi-sensory experience: a memories of a film, and a real-time transport by a same mark scarcely dual decades later.

Berlin is one of a many filmed cities, and in many of them a city plays a character. The 2006 The Lives Of Others combined an “East Germany” in that we got to see usually how typical people lived in a GDR (German Democratic Republic), who were spied on by other residents whose solitary pursuit was to keep an eye on others.

We pass by a residential areas in a former East Germany, where a film was shot. The retard of flats are now phony brighter, and their neighbourhoods have been gentrified, though a Soviet-style design is still visible.

Classic view films like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold lead we true to a Berlin Wall, and “Checkpoint Charlie”. The Wall, that snaked by a city, not in a true line, is now seen usually in remnants, a line of stones imprinting where it used to be.

We get off during “Checkpoint Charlie” with yarn “East German” soldiers stamp your palm, and stalls offered memorabilia, and one indicate we peep behind to a Michael Caine-starrer Funeral In Berlin (1966) in that he plays a tip representative on a dangerous mission.

A most after spy, played by Matt Damon in a 2004 The Bourne Supremacy is seen going into “Café Moskau”: we stop on a Tiergartentunnel for a demeanour during a café.

Berlin can also mount in for other famous cities: tools of a block where a dual particular churches mount was used in a 2004 Jackie Chan chronicle of Around The World In 80 Days to etch London. The block is magnificent: we admire a view and pierce on, to Potsdamer Platz, where Wim Wenders’ lovely, elegiac Wings Of Desire was shot.

Today it is a bustling mark full of theatres and eating places and a heart of a Berlin film festival: behind then, Wenders prisoner a distressing desert of a divided city.

We finish during a brightly phony ruins of a Berlin Wall, right subsequent to a subterraneous hire during Potsdamer Platz, basic to a “crossing over” into a Berlinale venues.

I stop, like many others, and take a photo.