Deutschland 83

Deutschland 83

DVD - 2015
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Martin is recruited by the HVA to infiltrate the West German, where his decisions as a rookie spy constantly endanger his cover and force his agency to take extreme measures.
Publisher: New York : Kino Lorber, 2015.
Branch Call Number: TV DVD Deuts
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (360 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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paul1
Sep 26, 2017

May contain spoilers.
Okay, I'm biased grew up in that time period and remembered the tensions of that year (and I like the Americans). Started off great, great premise about putting a Stassi agent in 1983 era NATO high command (sure there was a big stretch about having a suitable double that could be eliminated without any fuss). And yes the use of incidents from 1983 ratchets up the tension (like the KAL 007 shootdown). It was an eye-opener to see the viewpoint of the West and East Germans stuck between the USA and USSR in the Cold war. Truth be told the music was a blast. However it really went pear shaped (for me) in episode 6, when Alex Edel kidnaps General Arnold Jackson and at gunpoint tries to force Jackson to record a statement about the U.S. missile deployment (and someone is killed as a result). And in the next episode Jackson and Edel are working together like nothing happened, really guys???!!

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bibliomutti
Aug 22, 2017

OK, I'm biased. This is the land of all the people who came before me, Germany. I was about the same age as the main character and in Germany twice in the early 1980's, including crossing over from the west to the east (Berlin) with stonefaced guards scrutinizing my passports, etc. Of course it resonated with me and I loved the pop music that you hear throughout.

Having said that, I loved, loved this series. Great story, great characters, great sets, great acting, everything!

By the way, Germans really did smoke as depicted in Deutschland 83. (I hope that there are less smokers there circa 2017!)

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22950004968244
Aug 10, 2017

Not bad. I wonder if the scene early on in the movie was accurate: could someone do direct dialling for West to East Germany at that time ? I was in Berlin around that time; passing West to East through Checkpoint Charlie as a tourist. Things weren't that loose.

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KatieKAM
Jul 30, 2017

Great series with a great soundtrack.

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BookGoddess8
Jul 21, 2017

I enjoyed this series! What was great about it was also the fact that it includes real people from this era as part of the story--Petra Kelly, Udo Lindenberg, etc. Also the advancement of tech --computers and Walkman. Not to forget the music of that time period.

It gives a different point of view of the cold war era, just before The Wall came down.

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Howe_J
Mar 26, 2017

On par with the best BBC and Scandinavian productions. Standout soundtrack. Fast-paced storytelling. Watchable and believable characters. According to the extras, this is the first German series to hit American audiences. I hope it is the first of many. Brilliant! Highly recommended.

LoganLib_Phoebe Feb 21, 2017

Great characters with a story that keeps you watching. The 1980s setting in both East and West Germany is well realised. There's suspense and humour all the way through!

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VersantNord
Dec 26, 2016

the best series I have seen in years. Was not succesfull in giving it a 5 star which it would have deserved.

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afreespirit
Nov 04, 2016

Critically acclaimed series is superlative, unique and gripping. Recommended!

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cartmangoddamit
Aug 09, 2016

Comparisons to The Americans aside, this is an interesting show from German TV and well worth watching. It provides an interesting insight into how Germans felt and reacted to the cold war and a divided Germany during the Regan / Andrapov period and the burgeoning peace movement in both countries. You also see the generational differences between the younger post WW II Generation and their parents. Looking forward to season 2 set in 1986.

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