Babelsberg Studios

Studio Babelsberg is the oldest large-scale studio complex in the world and one of Europe’s leading service providers for feature films and TV productions. Since 1912, countless renowned filmmakers have worked with Studio Babelsberg to produce legendary films. With a complete set of services that make Studio Babelsberg a one-stop shop, the studio employs one of the best crews in the world and is well known for its unique production service, skillful set construction department and huge prop shops.

Many of Germany’s most famous classic films have been created at the stages and facilities of Studio Babelsberg, including Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel, starring Marlene Dietrich. More recent movies shot here include Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer and Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous.

With 16 sound stages, various back lots and exterior sets on a 39-acre lot, fist-class technical capabilities, highly skilled crews, attractive shooting locations nearby and its close proximity to the
trendy city of Berlin, the Studio offers ideal conditions for any production need. In addition, Studio Babelsberg offers a wide variety of co-production and financing services and opportunities.

A Studio Tour can be booked by groups (only) between 5 and 25 people. Individuals cannot be accommodated. 

Link: More information about the tour


Productions shot at Babelsberg Film Studios


Feature Film (53)

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
The Grand Budapest Hotel2014Wes AndersonIMDB Database page about The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters2013Tommy WirkolaIMDB Database page about Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
The Book Thief2013Brian PercivalIMDB Database page about The Book Thief
The movie was shot in Germany, with the main location Himmel Street being built on the backlot at Babelsberg Studios over a 10 week period. Most of the street was built from scratch, with one building being used that was already on the backlot. Babelsberg stages were used for interiors and for costume fittings for the 450 extras using throughout the movie.
Cloud Atlas2012Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy WachowskiIMDB Database page about Cloud Atlas
Anonymous2011Roland EmmerichIMDB Database page about Anonymous
The first major full-length motion picture to be shot with the Arri ALEXA high-definition digital-video camera.
Apparition, The2011Todd LincolnIMDB Database page about Apparition, The
Chicken with Plums2011Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane SatrapiIMDB Database page about Chicken with Plums
Hanna2011Joe WrightIMDB Database page about Hanna
The Three Musketeers (3D)2011Paul W.S. AndersonIMDB Database page about The Three Musketeers (3D)
Unknown2011Jaume Collet-SerraIMDB Database page about Unknown
The Ghost (aka The Ghost Writer)2010Roman PolanskiIMDB Database page about The Ghost (aka The Ghost Writer)
Inglourious Basterds2009Quentin TarantinoIMDB Database page about Inglourious Basterds
International, The2009Tom TykwerIMDB Database page about International, The
Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book2009Stefan RuzowitzkyIMDB Database page about Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book
Mr. Nobody2009Jaco Van DormaelIMDB Database page about Mr. Nobody
Ninja Assassin2009James McTeigueIMDB Database page about Ninja Assassin
Pandorum2009Christian AlvartIMDB Database page about Pandorum
Flame & Citron2008Ole Christian MadsenIMDB Database page about Flame & Citron
Reader, The2008Stephen DaldryIMDB Database page about Reader, The
Speed Racer2008Andy Wachowski, Lana WachowskiIMDB Database page about Speed Racer
Valkyrie2008Bryan SingerIMDB Database page about Valkyrie
The Bourne Ultimatum2007Paul GreengrassIMDB Database page about The Bourne Ultimatum
Black Book2006Paul VerhoevenIMDB Database page about Black Book
Constant Gardener, The2005Fernando MeirellesIMDB Database page about Constant Gardener, The
Flightplan2005Robert SchwentkeIMDB Database page about Flightplan
V for Vendetta2005James McTeigueIMDB Database page about V for Vendetta
Around the World in 80 Days2004Frank CoraciIMDB Database page about Around the World in 80 Days
The Bourne Supremacy2004Paul GreengrassIMDB Database page about The Bourne Supremacy
Pianist, The2002Roman PolanskiIMDB Database page about Pianist, The
Enemy at the Gates2001Jean-Jacques AnnaudIMDB Database page about Enemy at the Gates
Gangster No. 1 2000Paul McGuiganIMDB Database page about Gangster No. 1
Sonnenallee1999Leander HaumannIMDB Database page about Sonnenallee
Held for Questioning (Der Aufenthalt)1983Frank BeyerIMDB Database page about Held for Questioning (Der Aufenthalt)
Solo Sunny1980Konrad Wolf, Wolfgang KohlhaaseIMDB Database page about Solo Sunny
Sieben Sommersprossen1978Herrmann ZschocheIMDB Database page about Sieben Sommersprossen
Jacob the Liar (Jakob der Lügner)1975Frank BeyerIMDB Database page about Jacob the Liar (Jakob der Lügner)
Naked Man in the Stadium, The (Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz)1974Konrad WolfIMDB Database page about Naked Man in the Stadium, The (Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz)
Legend of Paul and Paula, The (Die Legende von Paul und Paula)1973Heiner CarowIMDB Database page about Legend of Paul and Paula, The (Die Legende von Paul und Paula)
Goya oder der arge Weg der Erkenntnis1971Konrad WolfIMDB Database page about Goya  oder der arge Weg der Erkenntnis
Ich war neunzehn1968Konrad WolfIMDB Database page about Ich war neunzehn
Trace of Stones, The (Spur der Steine)1966Frank BeyerIMDB Database page about Trace of Stones, The (Spur der Steine)
Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt / Adventures of Werner Holt1965Joachim KunertIMDB Database page about Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt / Adventures of Werner Holt
Der geteilte Himmel1964Konrad WolfIMDB Database page about Der geteilte Himmel
Karbid und Sauerampfer / Carbide and Sorrel1963Frank BeyerIMDB Database page about Karbid und Sauerampfer / Carbide and Sorrel
Naked Among Wolves (Nackt unter Wölfen)1963Frank BeyerIMDB Database page about Naked Among Wolves (Nackt unter Wölfen)
Sterne1959Konrad WolfIMDB Database page about Sterne
Sun Seekers (Sonnensucher)1958 / 1972Konrad WolfIMDB Database page about Sun Seekers (Sonnensucher)
Story of Little Mook, The1953Wolfgang StaudteIMDB Database page about Story of Little Mook, The
Das Beil von Wandsbek1951Falk HarnackIMDB Database page about Das Beil von Wandsbek
La Habanera1936Douglas SirkIMDB Database page about La Habanera
The Blue Angel1930Josef von SternbergIMDB Database page about The Blue Angel
Metropolis1927Fritz LangIMDB Database page about Metropolis
Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The1920Robert WieneIMDB Database page about Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The

Short Film (1)

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
The Dance to Death1912Urban GadIMDB Database page about The Dance to Death

Facilities

  • 16 sound stages [See Studio_Babelsberg_Studio_Flyer for more details]
  • Various back lots and exterior sets on a 39-acre lot
  • Stage 1: Marlene Dietrich Halle With its total floor space of 60,000sqft and its 46ft. ceiling, this stage counts among Europe’s largest sound stages – an ideal location for feature film production. The complex is divided into three stages, the main 22,600sqft. stage and two additional stages, offering 17,760sqft. each. The stages at Marlene Dietrich Halle are all equipped with a broadband communication network (Monomode).
  • Stage 2: Tonkreuz This historic building was erected in 1929 as Germany’s first sound stage. It now houses a high-tech film and television production complex, outfitted with the latest technology.
  • Stage 15
  • 78,954 sq ft.

Backlot

Berliner Street
In the fall of 1998, Studio Babelsberg built a permanent exterior film set modeled after a typical Berlin street setting. The set is built on a 1.7acre lot and includes 26 facades.
The feature films Sonnenallee, The Pianist and Flame & Citron have been all shot on the back lot.
The facades resemble a typical urban architecture of the late 19th, early 20th century and can be easily dressed to incorporate European cities such as Paris, Rome or London.

Village of the Middle Ages
This set was built for a movie in 1984, and is now part of the Filmpark studio tour.

History

1911 – Bioscop company builds it’s first film studio in Babelsberg. The stages are constructed completely of glass to allow maximum sunlight onto the stage.

1912, February 12th – Filming begins for The Dance of the Dead by Danish director Urban Gad.

1918 – After the World War I, the Deutsche Bioscop Gesellschaft merges with the German branch of the French film concern Eclair Decla in Babelsberg into “Decla Bioscop”.

1921 – Decla Bioscop becomes part of Universum Film AG (UFA) which had been founded in 1917.

1926 – UFA builds the large studio (which is now known as the “Marlene Dietrich Halle” and still in use today) to accommodate the huge sets for the major film production of Metropolis by Fritz Lang.

1929 – The first German sound stage in Babelsberg, the Tonkreuz, is built. Melodie des Herzens/Melody of the Heart with Willy Fritsch was the first German full-sound film.

1930 – The premiere of The Blue Angel by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings.

From 1933 to 1945, around 1,000 feature films were made in the studios and on the studio lot. Under the direction of Hitler’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, the studio churned out hundreds of films including Leni Riefenstahl’s openly propagandistic Triumph of the Will. The virally anti-Semitic propaganda film Jud Süss (The Jew Süss), shot in 1940, was also made at Babelsberg.

1946 – May 17 – The DEFA – Deutsche Film AG – was established. It produced over 800 feature films, including 150 children’s films. In addition, over 600 films were produced for television from 1959 to 1990. The DEFA period was honored by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York in 2005.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Treuhand took over the responsibility for the privatisation of the former DEFA. In August 1992, the Treuhandanstalt sold the former DEFA film studios in Babelsberg to the French group Compagnie Générale des Eaux (later absorbed into Vivendi Universal). Over the following 12 years the company invested around €500 million updating the studio’s infrastructure.

1998 – Fall – A permanent exterior film set is built, modeled after a typical Berlin street setting. The set is built on a 1.7acre lot and includes 26 facades. The feature films “Sonnenallee”, “The Pianist” and “Flame & Citron” have been all shot on the back lot. The facades resemble a typical urban architecture of the late 19th, early 20th century and can be easily dressed to incorporate European cities such as Paris, Rome or London.

In July 2004, Vivendi sold Studio Babelsberg to the investment company FBB (Filmbetriebe Berlin Brandenburg GmbH), which has Carl Woebcken and Christoph Fisser as shareholders. In Spring of 2005, the restructured studio presented an initial public offering and began trading on the free market.

2007 – The most profitable year since the Studio’s privatization in 1992 – 12 feature films were shot at Studio Babelsberg, among them Valkyrie with Tom Cruise, The International with Clive Owen, and The Reader with Kate Winslet.

In 2008 Studio Babelsberg and Hollywood producer Joel Silver formed a strategic alliance to produce feature films from the Dark Castle production slate at the world’s oldest film studio.
Recent co-productions of Studio Babelsberg include Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer.

2010 – Studio Babelsberg announces a joint venture with Paris based production and sales outfit Celluloid Dreams and Munich based financing company Clou Partners.

2012 – Studio Babelsberg celebrated it’s 100th anniversary.

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