Babelsberg Studio Tour
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Babelsberg Studio Tour
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Babelsberg Studio is considered the oldest large-scale studio complex in the world. In 2012, the studio celebrated its centennial with great fanfare. On February 12, 1912, a glass house was set up on the site of an old artificial flower factory, and here the first Babelsberg Studio film, The Dance of the Dead, was made. Over time, Babelsberg Studio became known for its prominent filmmakers and actors, most notably Marlene Dietrich, whose famous film The Blue Angel premiered in 1930. In the 1930s, an array of well-known film professionals fled Nazi Germany and emigrated to Hollywood where they continued their careers, including Dietrich, Josef von Sternberg, Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, and Billy Wilder. Today Bablesberg Studio has one of the best crews in the world and is a full one-stop film shop, offering all services needed for film production. The Studio operates 16 sound stages, and has various back lots on its 39-acre property. Most recently Babelsberg Studio has been the site and company used for the filming of The Pianist, The Constant Gardener, The Counterfeiters, The Reader, Inglorious Bastards, and The Ghost Writer.
The Babelsberg Studio Tour is offered daily, Monday through Thursday, between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm during the months between April and October. (The tours do not run on holidays.) Given in German or English, the tour includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the various departments: the costume studio, the make-up studio, and the props and carpentry departments. The Babelsberg Studio Tour also includes the Marlene Dietrich Stage, built in 1926. It is still used for filming and is one of the largest sound stages in Europe. In addition, tour visitors are allowed to observe set constructors and scenic artists at their tasks. A model of the first glass-house stage at the Babelsberg site will be of particular interest to film history buffs. Lasting from 90 to 120 minutes in length, each Babelsberg Studio Tour is unique, dependent on what is going on on the production lot on a specific day. Fourteen-day advance reservations are required for the tour, and groups cannot be smaller than 8 people or larger than 25 people. The tours are only for organized groups, not for individual persons, so if you can find 7 other people in Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) interested in seeing the Babelsberg Studio, create a group and go. Please keep in mind that the Babelsberg Studio Tour is only for adults, 18 years and older.
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