(The Glamorous World of the Adlon Hotel)

Docu-drama, 1996

A film by Percy Adlon

Felix Adlon

as his great-uncle Louis Adlon, Jr.

Eva Mattes

as Pola Negri

Salon Orchester Berlin, Tailed Comedians, Madeleine Lienhard

"A vanished world of incredible splendor…

This is one of Percy Adlon’s finest."

- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"As elegant as the Hotel was,

so is Adlon's film."

- Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin

"The authentic story of my family

and their celebrated hotel."

– Percy Adlon

Written and directed by Percy Adlon

Produced by Eleonore Adlon

Produced for television by Benigna von Keyserlingk

Director of Photography – Judy Irola, ASC

Editor – Illa von Hasperg

Production design – Anina Diener, Nanci Roberts

Costume design – Maria Schicker

Research – Helma Sanders-Brahms

A pelemele Film/Leora Films production

Premiered at the Berlinale, 1997

Shown at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Bavarian Television Award, 1997

Shot on 16mm Kodak film in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena and Berlin, June-December 1995

German and English with subtitles, 74 min

Percy Adlon delves into the rich history of the world-famous Adlon Hotel, as remembered by his uncle, Louis Adlon, in the aftermath of World War II. Made for the opening of the new Hotel Adlon at the Brandenburg Gate, this bittersweet tale of glamour and loss uses eye-witness accounts and documentary footage to bring the Adlon of old back to vibrant life: the famous dance teas, society scandals, and political balancing acts, all enriched with the sounds of the wonderful Berliner hits of the twenties.