Berlin Babylon

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Berlin Babylon
Directed by Hubertus Siegert
Written by Hubertus Siegert
Starring Günther Behnisch, Helmut Jahn, I. M. Pei, Rem Koolhaas, Hans Kollhoff, Renzo Piano
Narrated by Angela Winkler
Music by Einstürzende Neubauten
Cinematography Ralf K. Dobrick, Thomas Plenert
Edited by Peter Przygodda, Anne Schnee
Release date
Running time
88 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Berlin Babylon is a 2001 German documentary film directed by Hubertus Siegert with industrial music performed by Einstürzende Neubauten. The film's main focus is on the extensive rebuilding projects in Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It features internationally acclaimed architects including Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano and I.M. Pei.

Some sequences are characterized by time-lapse photography along with the narration of Der Engel der Geschichte (the Angel of History). The documentary also contains stock footage of demolitions of the buildings which were left to stand in ruins after the second world war.


Berlin Babylon
Soundtrack album by Einstürzende Neubauten
Released 2001
Genre Film score, Industrial
Length 37:46
Label Our Choice / Rough Trade
Producer Einstürzende Neubauten
Boris Wilsdorf

Soundtrack to the film is composed and performed by Einstürzende Neubauten, and released in 2001.

  1. "Berlin Babylon" (Title) - 4:20
  2. "Godzilla in Mitte" - 2:22
  3. "Overtüre mit Helikoptern" - 1:05
  4. "Walkie Talkie Babylon" - 2:07
  5. "Trauermarsch" - 2:12
  6. "Glas 1" (Sony-Center) - 2:03
  7. "Befindlichkeit" (Baustellenversion) - 4:50
  8. "Der Engel der Geschichte" - 1:24
  9. "Beauty" (Tiergartentunnel) - 2:50
  10. "Glas 2" (Richtfest) - 2:03
  11. "Architektur ist Geiselnahme" - 3:05
  12. "Gästeliste" - 3:42
  13. "Die Befindlichkeit des Landes" - 5:31
  • "Berlin Babylon (Titel)", "Walkie talkie Babylon" and "Befindlichkeit (Baustellenversion)" are instrumental variations of the song "Die Befindlichkeit des Landes".
  • "Godzilla in Mitte" is an instrumental version of "Architektur ist Geiselnahme".
  • "Overtüre mit Helikoptern" includes an extended sample of the Vorspiel to Act I of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre.
  • "Beauty (Tiergartentunnel)" is an instrumental version of the song Beauty. It was later released with vocals on Silence is Sexy.
  • "Trauermarsch" is an orchestral score: Symphony No.3, Opus 55, 2nd movement (Ludwig van Beethoven), recorded in 1934. Hans Knappertsbusch conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

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