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History

1912 to 1932

On February 12, 1912, the camera rolls for the first time in Babelsberg - Danish director Urban Gad is shooting Der Totentanz (The Dance of the Dead). After the end of the World War I, Deutsche Bioscop Gesellschaft merged with the German branch of French film studio Éclair “Decla” in Babelsberg to create “Decla Bioscop”.

1921, Decla Bioscop becomes part of Universum Film AG (Ufa) which was founded in 1917. In order to accommodate the production of Metropolis, Ufa builds a sound stage still in use to this day, "Marlene Dietrich Halle" in 1926.

By building the "Tonkreuz", Germany's first sound stage, the studio ushers into a new era, producing the first German language sound film in 1929, Melody of the Heart starring Willy Fritsch.

In 1930 the studio premieres The Blue Angel by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings.

 
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