The Cold War period may seem a little dusty these days, but the gripping adventures of an East German spy in hit TV series Deutschland 83 will surely glue you to the screen, too…
The Story: The Lives of Others just got an upgrade!
In 1983, Germany is a divided country. The East is communist, the West capitalist. Plus, the Cold War between the US and Russia is on an all-time high.
In this politically volatile climate, East German citizen Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) is sent on an undercover spy mission to West Germany. Dutiful Martin does a good job. However, he soon finds himself in several situations where he is driven by his emotions rather than his head, which can be quite dangerous for a spy…
The Location: So close, but worlds apart
In 1983, the Berlin Wall had been up for 22 years. At one point, 24-year-old Martin says: “West Germany is so close, but totally different.”
There certainly is no better place to relive the Cold War tensions than the now reunited German capital Berlin. Most filming was done here and in the nearby Potsdam Babelsberg film park. Don’t miss the German Spy Museum, Berlin’s AlliiertenMuseum Berlin which hosts an exhibition about the Cold War until January 2018, and the famous border control point Checkpoint Charlie.
The final verdict: People over politics
On a personal level, this suspenseful drama brilliantly recounts how the lives of the people got affected by their time. Plus, who can resist the legendary Eighties pop soundtrack?
Thanks to the German series being a huge international hit, a second season called Deutschland 86 is set to air in 2018. In 1986, Martin will see even more of the world with his undercover assignments taking him to Johannesburg, Tripoli and Paris. Finally, a third season called Deutschland 89, the year in which the Berlin Wall eventually fell, will be likely to follow.
A little too violent at times, but otherwise a stunning time travel experience, which teaches you a lot about German (and world) history!
**** 4 out of 5 stars
Berlin Museum Tips for Cold War and Spy Sightseeing:
AlliiertenMuseum Berlin FREE ENTRY!
Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße FREE ENTRY!
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