|From West to East|
Following on from the end of World War Two, on October 7, 1949, The United States of America, Britain, France, and Russia agreed to divide Germany into four sectors. Three of the Sector’s were joined together to form The Federal Republic of Germany or West Germany. The Soviet part became The German Democratic Republic of East Germany (GDR). The city of Berlin, which was located in the heart of the Soviet Sector, was divided in the same way except that in 1961 a physical border was erected around the western section of the city something that became known as the Berlin Wall. This division between the two sectors remained in place until November 1989; on July 1st 1990 the complete reunification of Germany took place.
|The Checkpoint Charlie Standoff 1961.|
|Some sections of the wall remain in Berlin as a tourist attraction.|
|One of the last remaining watch towers.|
|The East Side Gallery.|
|A Trabi bursts through the wall!|
|Brandenburg Gate 1989.|
Both of these films have been released on a single DVD allowing you to watch the earlier one before comparing it to the longer and later documentary. Both have minimal dialog and next to no explanation, which if you have little or no idea of the cities geography could make it difficult to follow the locations. As way of compensation the camera work on both films is excellent and the eccentricity of the younger Tilda Swinton is a real bonus.
|The last remaining Soviet car park in Berlin.|