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Berlin has always been a magnet for both German and foreign film makers. As early as 1892 brothers Max and Emil Skladanowsky made the first films using Berlin as a location.  From the roof of a building at the corner of Kastanienallee and Schönhauserallee they filmed everyday life on the streets of Berlin. In memory of these pioneering film makers a mosaic was later set into the pavement at this spot. Later on, in the 1920s, Berlin developed into one of the most important film cities in the world.  Famous names from this era are F.W. Murnau (1888 – 1931), Fritz Lang (1890 – 1976) and Ernst Lubitsch (1892 – 1947).  The city plays a leading role in countless films from this time.  In Germany the “big city film” is actually a genre in its own right, the most famous example of this being “Metropolis” (1927) by Fritz Lang.  The film portrays the city from a futuristic perspective.More recent examples of this “big city film” genre are Himmel über Berlin (1988) by Wim Wenders and Lola rennt (1998) by Tom Tykwer.  Each shows Berlin from quite a different perspective.  Berlin is also the scene for action films such as the large-scale international production The Bourne Supremacy (2004), starring Matt Damon.

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