A beloved film backdrop: The old town of Nauen in the spotlight

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A brick church, farmers’ houses adorned with wooden beams, and a town hall built in a neo-Gothic style. It’s no wonder that the old town of Nauen and its many late-medieval buildings belong to Brandenburg’s 31 towns with a historic town centre. The only thing you won’t find here, strangely for a town with the amount of history that Nauen has, is a typical market square. Instead, between the town hall and the church you’ll find the old market street (Marktstrasse) that was once the scene of colourful hustle and bustle and of flourishing trade. A lot went on a few hundred metres away, too, when Hollywood came to the Neue Strasse. Quentin Tarantino’s team turned the buildings in Nauen’s old town into a French tavern for ‘Inglourious Basterds’,
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  • Carrie Matthison (Claire Danes, l.) und Jonas Hollander (Alexander Fehling) in der 5. Staffel von "Homeland", Foto: Showtime / Fox / Stephan Rabold
  • Filmset von "Inglorious Basterds" mit August Diehl (links) und Til Schweiger (rechts), Foto: Francois Duhamel
  • Altstadt Nauen, Foto: AG HIS / Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
while the filmmakers behind the US hit ‘Homeland’ also paid a visit to the long road over a large pond. In filming for the fifth season, the Barz’sche Haus on Martin-Luther-Platz was dressed up as a town hall and the building next to it became a post office where CIA agents exchange strictly confidential documents on their secret mission.   

As well as action-packed Hollywood blockbusters, the town of Nauen has also been in the spotlight for German films and series. The state-owned East German film studio DEFA moved its filming to Nauen in the mid-Seventies. In 1974 Frank Beyer filmed an adaptation of the book ‘Jakob the Liar’, the only DEFA film ever nominated for an Oscar. 

There’s more than just historic cinematic sights to discover on a walk across the cobblestones of these alleys, however. Aside from experiences in film, Nauen is also worth visiting for the St. Jakobi town church and a pit stop at the salt cave to gather up some more energy.

Inglourious Basterds
  • Genre: Adventure, drama, war
  • Description: In Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War, a group of Jewish-American soldiers plan to kill leading Nazis and happen to coincide with a theatre owner’s own plot for vengeance.
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Country of production: USA, Germany
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger
  • Trailer: Link to YouTube

Homeland

  • Genre: Crime thriller, drama, mystery
  • Description: A bipolar CIA activist is convinced that a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.
  • Idea: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon
  • Country of production: USA
  • Distributor/broadcaster: Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet Broadcasting (as Keshet), Fox 21, Showtime Networks
  • Cast: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis

Jakob the Liar

  • Genre: 
  • Description: A Jewish ghetto in central Europe, 1944. Jakob Heym chances upon a German radio transmission announcing the Soviet army and its slow progress towards central Europe. In order to prevent his companion Mischa from risking his life for a few potatoes, he tells him what he has heard and announces that he owns a radio – a crime punishable by death in the ghetto. It doesn’t take long before Jakob’s secret spreads, and suddenly there is fresh hope and something to live for, putting Jakob in the difficult position of having to constantly invent new stories.
  • Director: Frank Beyer
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Cast: Vlastimil Brodský, Erwin Geschonneck, Henry Hübchen

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A brick church, farmers’ houses adorned with wooden beams, and a town hall built in a neo-Gothic style. It’s no wonder that the old town of Nauen and its many late-medieval buildings belong to Brandenburg’s 31 towns with a historic town centre. The only thing you won’t find here, strangely for a town with the amount of history that Nauen has, is a typical market square. Instead, between the town hall and the church you’ll find the old market street (Marktstrasse) that was once the scene of colourful hustle and bustle and of flourishing trade. A lot went on a few hundred metres away, too, when Hollywood came to the Neue Strasse. Quentin Tarantino’s team turned the buildings in Nauen’s old town into a French tavern for ‘Inglourious Basterds’,
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  • Carrie Matthison (Claire Danes, l.) und Jonas Hollander (Alexander Fehling) in der 5. Staffel von "Homeland", Foto: Showtime / Fox / Stephan Rabold
  • Filmset von "Inglorious Basterds" mit August Diehl (links) und Til Schweiger (rechts), Foto: Francois Duhamel
while the filmmakers behind the US hit ‘Homeland’ also paid a visit to the long road over a large pond. In filming for the fifth season, the Barz’sche Haus on Martin-Luther-Platz was dressed up as a town hall and the building next to it became a post office where CIA agents exchange strictly confidential documents on their secret mission.   

As well as action-packed Hollywood blockbusters, the town of Nauen has also been in the spotlight for German films and series. The state-owned East German film studio DEFA moved its filming to Nauen in the mid-Seventies. In 1974 Frank Beyer filmed an adaptation of the book ‘Jakob the Liar’, the only DEFA film ever nominated for an Oscar. 

There’s more than just historic cinematic sights to discover on a walk across the cobblestones of these alleys, however. Aside from experiences in film, Nauen is also worth visiting for the St. Jakobi town church and a pit stop at the salt cave to gather up some more energy.

Inglourious Basterds
  • Genre: Adventure, drama, war
  • Description: In Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War, a group of Jewish-American soldiers plan to kill leading Nazis and happen to coincide with a theatre owner’s own plot for vengeance.
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Country of production: USA, Germany
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger
  • Trailer: Link to YouTube

Homeland

  • Genre: Crime thriller, drama, mystery
  • Description: A bipolar CIA activist is convinced that a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.
  • Idea: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon
  • Country of production: USA
  • Distributor/broadcaster: Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet Broadcasting (as Keshet), Fox 21, Showtime Networks
  • Cast: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis

Jakob the Liar

  • Genre: 
  • Description: A Jewish ghetto in central Europe, 1944. Jakob Heym chances upon a German radio transmission announcing the Soviet army and its slow progress towards central Europe. In order to prevent his companion Mischa from risking his life for a few potatoes, he tells him what he has heard and announces that he owns a radio – a crime punishable by death in the ghetto. It doesn’t take long before Jakob’s secret spreads, and suddenly there is fresh hope and something to live for, putting Jakob in the difficult position of having to constantly invent new stories.
  • Director: Frank Beyer
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Cast: Vlastimil Brodský, Erwin Geschonneck, Henry Hübchen

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