The Stummfilmkino Delphi, in its heyday, was one of the finest, most beautiful cinemas in Berlin. Opened in 1929, the cinema is tucked away in the nothern Weißensee district, an area which was once known as “Little Hollywood” for its abundance of cinemas, production companies and the film studios which produced the likes of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. The film stars of the era sat in the Stummfilmkino Delphi’s extraordinary domed auditorium to watch premieres of classics of German silent cinema. All but derelict, it has been closed to the public for more than half a century. [READ MORE]
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Germany is known for its weird traditions, as anybody who has ever been to a wedding here can confirm. Whilst broken crockery, the bride being kidnapped and the newlyweds having to saw their way out of the church with a rusty implement would be considered something of a disaster in most countries, this is an auspicious start for man and wife in Germany.
German Easter traditions are slightly less weird, but only in comparison. [READ MORE]
To celebrate its first anniversary, the Berlin Film Society, which specialises in pop-up film events around the city, is showing Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brilliantly harrowing drama Veronika Voss. The film, which won the coveted Golden Bear award at the 1982 Berlinale, is about the strange relationship between a morphine-addicted actress and her doctor. This is Fassbinder’s second to last film, which some regard as one of his best – he died in 1982 at the age of 37, after a short but incredibly prolific career. [READ MORE]
Food and entertainment have been served up together since time immemorial. Sadly, nowadays this tends to take the form of dinner in front of the television(!) but Berlin has a great alternative if you’re looking for something a little more refined: Palazzo, the gourmet theatre which has wowed visitors all over Europe, is back in Berlin until March. Their winning formula combines fine dining, courtesy of Chef de Cuisine Christian Lohse (of Fischers Fritz restaurant), with mind-boggling juggling, dancing, singing, trapeze swinging, ping pong swallowing…. courtesy of a whole team of talented performers. [READ MORE]