Studio Babelsberg celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012. On February 12, 1912, in a glass-house quickly erected on the site of an old artificial flower factory in Babelsberg, a set of grand Jupiter-lamps were switched on for the first scene of The Dance of the Dead (Der Totentanz) starring Asta Nielsen.

Since then, countless renowned filmmakers have worked at Studio Babelsberg, engaging the studio to produce legendary films. Actors became world-famous in Babelsberg. Studio Babelsberg has always participated in the development of the international cinema and set the benchmark in the fields of sound, animation and cinematographic techniques like establishing the ”unchained camera” or the first sound film.

We invite you to take a look at the history of the world’s oldest large-scale film studio.

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