8
November
2008

Berlin first impressions 22:53 on Saturday

I can’t believe it’s already two weeks since I came back from Berlin. Where did all this time go??

Berlin is definitely a special city — I hadn’t been there before, and I definitely couldn’t foresee how present the past is everywhere you go in Berlin. Everywhere I went, I couldn’t help but to think about how unbelievably strange The Wall must have been for people on both sides, and at the same time, how this strange wall and the adjoining death strip must have become an almost unnoticeably ordinary part of everyday life for people. It is all in all very difficult to imagine what it must have been like, yet your imagination is constantly reminded about it everywhere in the city. You can’t escape the history in Berlin.

The Berlin Wall in 1986

Past weekend I got to watch the movie The Lives of Others, which is hands down one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is a movie about Stasi and wall-era DDR, so maybe my verdict is slightly influenced by my Berlin visit. Nevertheless, critics agree: the movie has received numerous awards around the world, including an Academy Award for the best foreign language film.

If you are going to see the movie, I suggest you don’t watch the trailer which I have linked to below. It will be the better the less you know about it.

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