Classics of the Silent Film Era

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This year's program

UFA FILM NIGHTS: Silent Movie Magic in the Heart of Berlin

A cherished fixture in Berlin’s cultural calendar, the UFA Film Nights enter their 13th edition this year. From August 23 to August 25, 2023, Bertelsmann and UFA will present open-air screenings of cinematic masterpieces from Weimar cinema on three evenings, against the spectacular backdrop of the museum buildings and accompanied by live music.

Since 2011, on three evenings in August, visitors have been surprised, delighted and enchanted by silent milestones from the early days of cinematography.

The interplay of music and film in what is perhaps the city’s most beautiful temporary open air cinema is a highlight of Berlin’s cultural summer every time.

Featured movies


August 23, 2023
Film start: 9:00 pm

This year’s opening movie is Arthur Robison’s SCHATTEN (WARNING SHADOWS) from 1923. In his expressionistic silent film, the German-born American Robison masterfully uses light and shadow to tell a story of love and consuming jealousy. The film features a top-notch cast including Fritz Kortner, Ruth Weyher, Gustav von Wangenheim, Alexander Granach, and Fritz Rasp and premiered in Berlin in 1923. SCHATTEN is accompanied by Cameron Carpenter, a world-renowned organist who has been thrilling the international music world for years with his mastery of the organ. read more


August 24, 2023
Film start: 9:00 pm

  On the second evening, one of the first detective stories in German film history will celebrate its premiere in a digitally restored version by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation: Max Mack’s crime comedy WO IST COLETTI? (WHERE IS COLETTI?) from 1913, in which a bustling imperial-era Berlin mobilizes to track down an elusive detective who takes on a variety of disguises. The musical accompaniment to the film is provided by Metropolis Orchester Berlin, playing a new composition by Richard Siedhoff. read more


August 25, 2023
Film start: 9:00 pm

This year’s UFA Film Nights close with the second part of Fritz Lang’s mammoth work DR. MABUSE, DER SPIELER (DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER) (1922), which picks up where the first part, screened at the UFA Film Nights 2022, left off. Subtitled Inferno. A Game For The People Of Our Age, it continues the police and prosecutors’ merciless hunt for the supervillain Dr. Mabuse. Moritz von Oswald, musician, producer, DJ and a pioneer of electronic music, will provide the accompaniment to DR. MABUSE, DER SPIELER II with a sound created especially for the film, live at the mixer. read more

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