Watch Babylon Berlin 2017– 123movies, Full TV Series Online – 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 nightlife and its overflowing creative energy. Gereon Rath, a young police inspector from Cologne, is transferred to Berlin to solve a criminal case: a porno ring run by the Berlin Mafia. What at first glance appears to be a simple extortion case soon turns out to be a scandal that will forever change the lives of both Gereon and his closest associates. With his partner Bruno Wolter and stenotypist Charlotte Ritter, Rath confronts a tangled web of corruption, drug dealing, and weapons trafficking that forces him into an existential conflict as he is torn between loyalty and uncovering the truth. Who is friend, 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 center of democracy and the constitutional state, is increasingly becoming the melting pot of a democracy whose days are numbered..
Plot: Beneath the decadence of 1929 Berlin, lies an underworld city of sin. Police investigator Gareon Rath has been transferred from Cologne to the epicenter of political and social changes in the Golden Twenties.
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Set in Germany’s Weimar Republic in the late 1920s Babylon Berlin is a brilliant production, a welcome surprise for American television. The sets are fantastic and the actors are brilliant. Now it is excellently dubbed in English, and it is dubbed so well I thought at first it was filmed in English to begin with. I don’t know what the budget is for this series, but I am very impressed with this show.
Liv Lisa Fries plays Charlotte Ritter, a plucky young lady working odd jobs, including piece work for the police department, to support her extended family. She is plucky, smart, and willing to do whatever she can to provide for her little sister, elderly mother and grandfather (and elderly sister and her deadbeat husband). Volcher Bruch plays Detective Gereon Rath from Cologne, on special assignment in Berlin. Slowly we discern, over the first several episodes what that assignment is, and later how it relates to a threat to the German government.
Germany was wracked with unbelievable poverty and runaway inflation during this time period. There was a huge contrast between those who still have wealth and the majority of the people. We see this as hoards of young ladies daily begged for short term clerical jobs, or any kind of work. Many turned to prostitution to survive. Not surprisingly the communists took advantage of these conditions to recruit people to their cause, and we see this activity in Berlin.
I am very impressed with this show. I hope it continues for many more seasons.
An atmosphere of German 20’s chic permeates Babylon Berlin. Its a detective tale at its heart that initially captures the vibe of a decade that celebrated a newfound carefree freedom. A freedom that was not repeated until the 1960’s.
There’s a real sense of flamboyance and decadence, that’s colourful., celebratory and sexually promiscuous. Overlapping this is a delicately constructed story line that mixes a detective tale, with evolving political intrigue and cultism/militarism. The latter the earliest murmurs of an inflexible, embryonic nationalism, which will usher in an era of Nazism, which, in many respects, is very much, at odds, with 1920’s Berlin.
Rounding out this series is well crafted narrative, sensational sets and deeply human characterisations. The key protagonists in Babylon Berlin are flawed. There are no hero’s, simply people going about their lives. This series does not shy away from the confusion and mess that make up much of peoples lives. It embraces it, in a simple, honest way, that makes this series utterly immersive.
There are two version of this series I’m aware of. One is dubbed and the other uses subs. My advice go for the subs version. Somehow something of the essence of the series is lost with the rather flat, voice overs.
The latest season in the series, four, is at the beginning of the 1930’s, heading into a decade of economic and social decline and the emergence of Nazi-ism.
In summary, a brilliant example of what exceptional writing, directing and acting can accomplish. Not to mention being the most expensive series ever produced in Germany, when it was released.
Babylon Berlin ~ German Excellence In Film Making Is Back
I was quite aware of the history of German film making which excelled up until the 40’s. Babylon Berlin has shown me that the German film industry is not in limbo anymore, but is now making a major comeback with such wonderful mini-series as this one.
The cinematography, acting, set designs are just superb.
I can not get enough of this great series.
To the directors, actors and film crews I want to thank you all for this masterpiece and keep up the good work.
Wow…more than enough historical context to carry the plot in spite of some expensive technical excess. I am compelled to read the original, if only to follow more closely in fictional narrative why Germany forewent open democracy and gave in to autocracy as an antidote to social and economic chaos.
Volker Bruch resembles in looks and certain mannerisms the late Montgomery Clift. His portrayal of a flawed protagonist is classic. The rest of the cast is equally adept at making 1929 come alive. Knowing as we do what happened in Germany in the 1930’s it seems poignant indeed to witness the years immediately precedent to that time within this highly accessible story of crime and politics intertwined. And of course to speculate from our own time how easy it is for an anxious public to succumb to the siren’s song of an unscrupulous demagogue.
The English dubbing here is more than adequate, whether or not it contains 100% accurate content. Some oblique dialogue and jargon or figures of speech do not translate literally. But technically it is all pitch perfect. The framing and sound production are equally first rate.
I have seen only the first few episodes, and cannot wait to carry on.
Original Language de
Runtime 45 min (original) (Germany)
Genre Crime, Drama, History
Writer Henk Handloegten, Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries
Actors Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Lars Eidinger
Awards 22 wins & 19 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Mini, Panavision PVintage Lenses, Arri Alexa XT
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format)
Printed Film Format DCP (theatrical release), Digital (HD)