Last Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Long before that barrier was erected, and in the 25 years since it came down, Berlin has been the setting for scores of motion pictures.
But there are two movies that visual convey the sense of dread that East Berliners felt living for nearly three decades in their divided city.
The Tunnel (“Der Tunnel”, 2001) is based on a true story of a group of East Germans trying to escape to the west by tunneling to the “free” side of the Berlin Wall. There’s acts of heroism and betrayal, and the ever present danger that the plotters will be discovered and captured by the East German police.