Classics of the Silent Film Era

In the Open Air, with Live Musical Accompaniment

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Pure Movie Magic

Bertelsmann and UFA presented the eleventh UFA Film Nights: On the three evenings of August 25 to 27, 2021, early masterpieces of cinema history were shown under the open sky, against a spectacular backdrop and accompanied by live music.

The UFA Film Nights have developed into a cinematic-musical highlight of Berlin’s cultural summer, with a specially erected orchestra stage and large screen in the Kolonnadenhof courtyard of Museum Island, a World Cultural Heritage site. After an online edition of the festival in 2020, the UFA Film Nights finally could take place in front of an audience again in the very heart of Berlin. 


Carmen - UFA Film Nights' 2021 opening movie

Find out about the making of Carmen and its recent restoration

Carmen booklet

Featured movies


August 25, 2021

Ernst Lubitsch’s CARMEN from 1918 is loosely adapted from Georges Bizet’s opera of the same name, and was Lubitsch’s first major production. On Museum Island, the ensemble Kontraste accompanied the film with a new composition by Tobias Schwencke, commissioned by ZDF/Arte. Continue reading read more

The light of Asia

August 26, 2021

In opulent pictures and with musical accompaniment by the Silent Light Orchestra, this Oriental fairy tale tells the story of the Indian prince Siddhartha Gautama (Himansu Rai), who gives up his family, palace and earthly possessions and sets out on a long journey to find enlightenment. read more


August 27, 2021

Loosely based on Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” with a brilliant cast and nightmarish images that have lost none of their effect to this day, F.W. Murnau created an expressionist masterpiece that is regarded as the “mother of all horror films”. Rebel organist Cameron Carpenter provided the musical accompaniment. read more

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