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Spirit of Berlin (July 1945)

An exceptional montage of the semi-destroyed city made with rare archival materials, in colors and HD.

2014 | 5 - 10 | Archive Footage | Documentary | Germany | History

How did Berlin look in July 1945, a few weeks after the surrender of Germany? It is shown in this amazing video realised by Kronos Media, a production company from Hamburg, which is capable to literally bring history back to life (“to better understand the present, and help to shape it” – recits their mission).

Thanks to sophisticated recovery, processing and conversion techniques of archival video materials, it is now possible to return – in color and in high definition – the atmosphere, the sounds, and the faces of the past, and so observe from “live” the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, the Adlon Hotel, Hitler’s bunker, Unter den Linden, the imperial castle (demolished by the DDR), Pariser Platz, Alexanderplatz, photos of Stalin in the road, the Russian military, the destroyed cars, men in cycling, and people rebuilding, smiling, winking.

A perfect “hauntology” of the German capital immediatly after the war – and a reflection in watermark of the inexorable march of time.

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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