Tiergarten (1980)

Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Both the technique and the topic of this ribald, touching, unorthodox drama by Lothar Lambert are evocative in their own way. The irrepressible Lambert got on the phone with his individual actors (working "for the fun of it") and met them in the Tiergarten sector of Berlin, in the park. The Tiergarten used to be the posh diplomatic center before the war, but at this time, it stopped at the Brandenberg Gate. Though partly rebuilt, some of the new residents are not at all like the old -- Turkish immigrants live in one decaying sector and hookers, pimps, alcoholics, transvestites, and even murderers wander through the parks at night. Lambert's actors improvise, and the dialog is usually sharp and witty. There is a cabaret singer who picks up men that meet her fancy, an elderly man who shelters a battered prostitute, a drunken woman with a penchant for bad-mouthing every foreigner and gay who walks by, and a series of other characters that are interesting comments on how the times they are a'changing.