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Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga 

The mini-series follows the construction and history of the famous Adlon hotel in Berlin, as seen through the eyes of Sonja Schadt, the youngest member of the wealthy fictional Schadt family who are friends with the Adlons.




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Series cast summary:
Josefine Preuß ...  Sonja Schadt 3 episodes, 2013
Heino Ferch ...  Louis Adlon 3 episodes, 2013
Marie Bäumer ...  Hedda Adlon 3 episodes, 2013
Wotan Wilke Möhring ...  Friedrich Loewe / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Rosemarie Fendel ...  Sonja Schadt (93) 3 episodes, 2013
Katharina Wackernagel ...  Margarete Loewe 3 episodes, 2013
Amy Mußul ...  Pagenmädchen 3 episodes, 2013
Ken Duken ...  Julian Zimmermann 2 episodes, 2013
Johann von Bülow ...  Sebastian von Tennen 2 episodes, 2013
Sunnyi Melles ...  Ottilie Schadt 3 episodes, 2013
Jürgen Vogel ...  Siegfried von Tennen 2 episodes, 2013
Burghart Klaußner ...  Lorenz Adlon 3 episodes, 2013
Thelma Buabeng Thelma Buabeng ...  Galla 3 episodes, 2013
Christiane Paul ...  Undine Adams 3 episodes, 2013
Anja Kling Anja Kling ...  Alma Schadt / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Nora von Waldstätten ...  Tamara Lieberkoff 2 episodes, 2013
Tom Schilling ...  Louis Adlon jr. 2 episodes, 2013
Evamaria Salcher Evamaria Salcher ...  Tilly Adlon 2 episodes, 2013
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey ...  Billy Wilder 2 episodes, 2013
Johannes Klaußner Johannes Klaußner ...  Kellner Rudolf / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Nona Maaß Nona Maaß ...  Sonja Schadt as a child 2 episodes, 2013
Waléra Kanischtscheff ...  Sov.Offizier in Adlon (Grigori Putiloff) 2 episodes, 2013
Maria Ehrich Maria Ehrich ...  Young Alma Schadt 2 episodes, 2013
Thomas Thieme Thomas Thieme ...  Gustaf Schadt 2 episodes, 2013
Kai-Peter Malina ...  Friedrich Loewe (15-18) 1 episode, 2013
Mathilde Bundschuh ...  Anna-Maria Zimmermann 1 episode, 2013
Alexander Pensel Alexander Pensel ...  Johannes Wagner 1 episode, 2013
Alexander Becht Alexander Becht ...  Young Siegfried von Tennen 1 episode, 2013
Thomas Schendel Thomas Schendel ...  Ministerialbeamter 1 episode, 2013
Michael Schenk ...  Kaiser Wilhelm II. 2 episodes, 2013


The mini-series follows the construction and history of the famous Adlon hotel in Berlin, as seen through the eyes of Sonja Schadt, the youngest member of the wealthy fictional Schadt family who are friends with the Adlons.

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16 January 2013 | by ChrisWasserSee all my reviews

I wouldn't want to let onkelyogi's review stand unanswered, because I think his is a minority opinion. The record-high ratings (one in ten Germans watched this TV mini-series and the audience for the last episode was even bigger than for the first) and the very positive user reviews on amazon.de and elsewhere are proof enough that the majority of Germans really liked this show. In my opinion it is one of the best German mini-series in the last 10 years - an instant classic - and it doesn't have to hide behind series like Downton Abbey and similar shows.

Downton Abbey has better/wittier dialogue and may be a little more subtle, but Das Adlon certainly is more emotional and some scenes (such as the courtroom scene in the last episode) are truly sublime.

By telling the very personal stories of a few interesting characters over several decades, the script somehow manages to paint a picture of the general German history in the 20th century. The story stays true to the historical facts and the fates of the (real) Adlon family are cleverly and believably interwoven with the fates of the (fictional) Schadt family. You really care for these characters and all of them are played very well (I really couldn't single out one of the actors; they're all wonderful).

Das Adlon is very lively directed by Uli Edel (Christiane F., Last Exit to Brooklyn, Der Baader Meinhof Komplex), the cinematography is beautiful and the production design and costumes (which are well chosen for the different epochs) are sumptuous. Several of the actors age in their roles from adolescent to middle-aged very credibly thanks to the excellent make-up.

A final word about Wilhelm II.: In my opinion the Kaiser was portrayed pretty accurately in the series. For all I know he really was something like a caricature of himself in public and he was arguably the worst of the nine kings Prussia ever had (to the misfortune of Germany).

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