In the late 1950s and early 1960s, ITN filmed a series
of news items abroad called 'Roving Report'; most have never been seen since
their initial broadcast. This collection brings together seven films reporting
from Berlin and Germany at the height of the Cold War Crisis. A divided city
and nation at the frontline, tensions were high as huge contrasts in living
standards developed, culminating with the construction of the infamous Berlin
Wall - this is ROVING REPORT : FLASHPOINT BERLIN 1957 – 1963.
Cost of Living Germany (1957, 18 mins)
A look at the costs of goods and services in Germany and what impact the strong
finances of the country were having on its citizens. With interviews with
leading members of congress, this is a fascinating study of a country
rebuilding and growing.
Berlin Today (1957, 25 mins)
Tensions between East and West had reached new heights; the so called Berlin
Air Lift and workers demonstrations had left the city on the brink of chaos.
This film studies life in Berlin and the increasing difficulty in moving
between the East and West sectors. With interviews of local students from all
over the city, we learn about the unique challenges people faced.
How Many Germanies (1959, 18 mins)
With foreign dignitaries meeting to discuss the fate of Germany, this report
looks at the prospects of a reunited Germany, and asks did the citizens even
want to become one again? With interviews from refugee camps and ministers,
this film looks at the very human impact of the division.
East Germany Now (1960, 14 mins)
Made from footage shot within East Germany by an Austrian cameraman, this film
gives a unique glimpse into the everyday lives for workers within East Germany.
Lives were hard, with long hours and low pay and people were bombarded by
Socialist propaganda at every turn. We also hear from refugees trying to flee
to the more affluent West.
The Divided City (1961, 15 mins)
footage shot within East Germany by an Austrian cameraman, this film gives a
unique glimpse into the everyday lives for workers within East Germany. Lives
were hard, with long hours and low pay and people were bombarded by Socialist
propaganda at every turn. We also hear from refugees trying to flee to the more
The Divided City (1961, 15 mins)
In Berlin the border between East and West became a more and more tightly
controlled military zone, affecting the people of the city in every aspect of
their daily lives. Comparing and contrasting the two sides, this film shows the
differing efforts and ambitions of the hugely different sectors.
Crisis In Berlin (1961, 14 mins)
The Berlin crisis entered a new, even more tumultuous period, as the East and
West became physically divided by concrete road blocks and barbed wire. In a so
called "Final solution”, tanks and armed guards patrolled the whole border and
tensions were high. This film looks at the impact of the divide and the futile
hopes that it would be only around for the short term.
The Spy Catchers (1963, 14 mins)
With the East/West divide fully entrenched, both sides were overcome and fear
and paranoia. It wasn’t long before the murky world of espionage become
prevalent in the city. This film looks at the ongoing efforts to catch the
Eastern spies and demonstrates some of the techniques used in the day.
RUNNING TIME - 117 Mins.
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