“Eldorado KaDeWe – Now is our time”
KaDeWe series on ARD: That’s why you can find modern cars

The “Eldorado KaDeWe” series takes the 1920s to the present.

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Loud, lively, dirty: The ARD series “Eldorado KaDeWe” was set in Berlin in the 1920s – and modern cars, for example, can still be seen. The director explains.

The ARD series “Eldorado KaDeWe – Now is our time” tells four young people looking for their personal happiness. The famous luxury department store in Berlin in the 1920s serves as the backdrop for “Kaufhaus des Westens” or “KaDeWe” for short. The mini-series, which celebrated its TV premiere at 8.15pm on Monday evening, is thankful for the unusual image design. Because Berlin is shown where it is today.

This is how some viewers showed themselves On Twitter There was a bit of annoyance with the modern cars that can be seen in the background in the episodes and it was not really there at the time. However, director and screenwriter Julia van Haynes explains why there are modern elements in the series.

Berlin today as it was then

“Through research it has become more and more clear to me: this city was noisy, a roaring city full of machinery and traffic. I know: no matter what resources I have, I can not represent this size. I can always block a street and repeat the same ten cars. To send there “,” Heinz says according to the ARD About the portrayal of Berlin in the series.

Thus, “today’s Berlin view is much closer to the view than anything I have historically provided and produced – its dirt, its dystopia, its noise and vibrancy”. It also made sense for the screenwriter to focus on the present. “Many of the issues that led to the conflict back then are actually still a big topic today.” Heinz cites women’s rights, bizarre rights, weak democracy, homelessness and anti-Semitism as examples. For her, the concept of the present is a visual expression of “this is not something that is behind us, but is rusting into the present.”

“Eldorado KaDeWe – Now is our time” can now be found in the ARD Media Library


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