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A stunning high-tech, interactive homage to the greats of Berlin's rich film history including Marlene Dietrich, Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Fritz Lang and others. Three floors film nostalgia in the Potsdamer Platz' space-age Sony building.

Movie buffs will want to add the new Film Museum Berlin to the list of things to see on their next visit to Berlin.

Located in the Sony Center in the city's space-age Potsdamer Platz development, the museum occupies three of the building's 14 floors. Two floors display the permanent collection and the third is for visiting exhibits.

Sets, props, equipment, costumes, scripts and scores are displayed over 16 rooms. Included are a film library, a multimedia room, an online center with links to film, television and new media, plus various theme rooms and a screening room where some 1,000 films can be viewed.

An electronically guided tour of the museum (included in the price of admission) takes visitors through almost 100 years of German film-making, with a few glimpses of Hollywood thrown in. Movie clips include excerpts from epics of the 1920s and 1930s, like Metropolis and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; while other presentations delve into the dark era of the Cinema of National Socialism.

The museum pays homage to a number of German film greats, among them Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski and Hanna Schygulla. Also featured are historic items and memorabilia from the estates of Fritz Lang, Paul Kohner, Heinz Rühmann, and the legendary Berliner, Marlene Dietrich.

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