A metropolis in turmoil. From economy to culture, politics to the underworld – everything is in the grip of radical change.

Speculation and inflation are already tearing away at the foundations of the still young Weimar Republic. Growing poverty and unemployment stand in stark contrast to the excesses and indulgence of the city's night life and its overflowing creative energy.

Gereon Rath, a young police inspector from Cologne, is transferred to Berlin in order to solve a criminal case – a porno ring run by the Berlin Mafia. What at first glance appears to be simply a matter of extortion soon reveals itself to be a scandal that will forever change the lives of both Gereon and his closest associates.

Together with stenotypist Charlotte Ritter and his partner Bruno Wolter, Rath is confronted with a tangled web of corruption, drug dealing, and weapons trafficking, forcing him into an existential conflict as he is torn between loyalty and uncovering the truth. And we are left wondering: in this story, who is friend and who is foe?

With the political unrest spurred by May Day demonstrations and rising National Socialism, even an institution like the "Rote Burg," Berlin's police headquarters and the centre of democracy and the constitutional state, is increasingly becoming the melting pot of a democracy whose days are numbered.

Babylon Berlin - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: German

Status: In Development

Runtime: None minutes

Premier: 2017-10-13

Babylon Berlin - Kino Babylon - Netflix

The Babylon is a cinema in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin and part of a listed building complex at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz opposite to the Volksbühne. The building was erected 1928/29 according to plans of architect Hans Poelzig and is regarded as typical of its construction period, Neue Sachlichkeit. In 1948 the theatre was heavily renovated and served afterward as a speciality cinema in the GDR. After the auditorium had been closed because of the danger of collapse, it was refurbished and reconstructed from 1999 until 2001 in accordance with conservation guidelines. In 2002 the reconstruction was awarded the “German Award for Monument Protection”. Since 2001 the Babylon is once again open to the public and used primarily as arthouse cinema, as well as a venue for the Berlinale and musical and literary cultural events. Originally the cinema held 1200 members of audience in one hall, but is today divided into two halls with 450 and 70 seats.

Babylon Berlin - Restoration and current usage (since 1999) - Netflix

Today the Babylon serves also as venue for the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). Thanks to the restored cinema organ the series “StummfilmKonzerte” (“silent film concerts”) with the accompanist and pianist Stephan von Bothmer, who inaugurated the organ on 26 May 2001 for the opening of the film The Golem: How He Came into the World, became possible. The sets of this film were designed by Poelzig. In the year 2009 some employees, who were partly organized in the anarcho-syndicalist FAU, tried to put through higher wages and better working conditions. At the end of July 2009 the Berlin section of the FAU called to boycott the cinema. The trade union ver.di signed a collective agreement for the employees starting on 1 January 2010. Since 2009 the operator of the cinema conducted a legal dispute with the FAU, which dealt with the right to self-designate itself as trade union. The Landesarbeitsgericht Berlin-Brandenburg has ascertained in October 2009 that the FAU, due to its “low imposing power”, has no pay negotiating capacity. A temporary injunction, imposed by the Landgericht Berlin in December 2009, which forbids the FAU Berlin until further notice to call itself “trade union” or “base trade union”, was annulled by the Kammergericht in June 2010.

The two-year redevelopment of the Babylon began in 1999, costing ten million Marks and was funded from the budget for urban development monument protection. Lottery development funds of two million Euros were available for armchairs, motion picture and sound technology. Refurbishment measures were essential for the roof and the ceiling of the great hall. Wooden joists in the ceiling, which were not able to take weight anymore, were replaced by steel girders and a new roof was erected over them. The front was also renewed. For the purpose of a critical reconstruction, the goal of the renovation of the interiors was not to achieve consistently an arbitrarily dated “original state”, but to show intentionally the different states of constructions and eras of usage. So in the foyer the opening state of 1928 was the aim, while the auditorium was renovated in the style of the renovation of 1948: with plush chairs, stucco and gilded details. The initial construction was usable as a cinema as well as a theatre and therefore had a stage house. In this room behind the screen of the great hall, the small hall was built. The orchestra pit of the great hall was restored, so that now music for films can be played live in a chamber orchestra line-up. In 1999 the Philipps cinema organ, at this time 70 years old, was restored, being the only cinema organ in Germany that is played at its original location. In May 2001 the reopening of the auditorium took place with the film Othello by Orson Welles. In 2002 the association “Berlin film art Babylon” was awarded with the “silver hemisphere” by the German Award for Monumental Protection. The architect Joachim Roemer (association) and the architect Klaus Meyer-Rogge (planning and site supervision) were honored for the rescue of a “key building of cinema architecture”.

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