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Spirit of Berlin, July 1945

Spirit of Berlin, July 1945

(7:04) Fascinating colour footage of bombed out Berlin, one month after Germany's WW2 defeat.

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I agree with both comments. That does look like the shallow grave, particularly with the soldiers pointing it out, and the gas cans sitting there. I found myself thinking about the fake sound as I watched it, and I listened for any spoken words by anyone. The only German I heard was the dubbed sports stuff, I reckon maybe taken from the opening of the Olympic games. I further assume that when the shaky camera goes under the Brandenburg gate and into the Russian zone to focus on the big Stalin portrait, the camera man is the passenger of the Jeep driver that shortly after pretends to threaten to run him over. Overall, I'd say the aerial view at the end is a testament to the effectiveness of Soviet artillery.

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I agree with both comments. That does look like the shallow grave, particularly with the soldiers pointing it out, and the gas cans sitting there. I found myself thinking about the fake sound as I watched it, and I listened for any spoken words by anyone. The only German I heard was the dubbed sports stuff, I reckon maybe taken from the opening of the Olympic games. I further assume that when the shaky camera goes under the Brandenburg gate and into the Russian zone to focus on the big Stalin portrait, the camera man is the passenger of the Jeep driver that shortly after pretends to threaten to run him over. Overall, I'd say the aerial view at the end is a testament to the effectiveness of Soviet artillery.

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Guest: PeteW (933 days ago)
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It was not a 'sporting' event but Goebbels speech at the Sportpalast. He asked, after whipping the audience into a frenzy, "do you want total war?" (wollt Ihr den totalen Krieg?). The results of this 'total war are then seen in the ariel shots of the devasted city.

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It was not a 'sporting' event but Goebbels speech at the Sportpalast. He asked, after whipping the audience into a frenzy, "do you want total war?" (wollt Ihr den totalen Krieg?). The results of this 'total war are then seen in the ariel shots of the devasted city.

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Guest: (953 days ago)

the sound might be fake

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the sound might be fake

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Guest: (951 days ago)

It was real sound.

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It was real sound.

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Guest: Mix (951 days ago)

Sounds like foley to me

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Sounds like foley to me

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TheBob TheBob (952 days ago)

4:51 looks like the entrance to the Fuhrerbunker in Downfall & where Hitler's body was burned.

Anyone know the source of this film? Looks American.

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4:51 looks like the entrance to the Fuhrerbunker in Downfall & where Hitler's body was burned.

Anyone know the source of this film? Looks American.

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