1 Berlin Harlem


Legendary film from super-indy filmmaker Lambert, one time most-featured Berlinale director, about the forms of racism in Berlin’s vibrant lifestyle at the time of the film's making. Brimming with cameos galore: alongside leading actor Conrad Jennings the likes of Ortrud Beginnen, Tally Brown, Ingrid Caven, Peter Chatel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Günter Kaufmann, Dietmar Kracht, Evelyn Künneke, Lothar Lambert, Y Sa Lo, Bernd Lubowski, Brigitte Mira, Vera Müller can all be seen.
A black man stationed in West Berlin quit its service in the US army to live with his white girlfriend, who still has a child of another dark-skinned. After an argument with her family he falls out with her. Although finding a new job and an accommodation, he faces racism which becomes apparent by sexual harassment.


  • Runtime

    100 min
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  • Director

    Lothar Lambert, Wolfram Zobus
  • Cast

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Conrad Jennings, Tally Brown, Ingrid Caven, Peter Chatel, Günter Kaufmann, Ortrud Beginnen, Dietmar Kracht, Evelyn Künneke, Lothar Lambert
  • Production Company

    Lothar Lambert Filmproduktion
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Biography Lothar Lambert

Born in Rudolstadt, Thuringia in 1944. He grew up in Berlin, studied journal- ism and was a trainee on a newspaper; subsequently becoming an editor on the Berlin newspaper “Der Abend”. He worked as a freelance film and television critic for various publications and made television features for the broad- caster SFB’s magazine programme, “Berliner Fenster”. He began working as a film director in 1971, initially collaborating with Wolfram Zobus. Lambert produces his own films and also often appears in the leading role. A painter from 1993 onwards. 

Filmography Lothar Lambert

0 | 1971 Kurzschluss | 1972 Ex und Hopp | 1973 Ein Schluss Sehnsucht | 1974 1 Berlin-Harlem | 1976 Faux Pas De Deux | 1978 Now or Never | 1979 Tiergarten | 1980 Die Alptraumfrau | 1981 Fucking City | 1983 Fräulein Berlin | 1983 Paso Doble | 1984 Drama in Blond | 1984 Der Sexte Sinn | 1986 Die Liebeswüste | 1986 Gestatten, Bestatter! | 1987 Verbieten Verboten | 1989 Du Elvis, Ich Monroe | 1989 Liebe, Tod und Kleine Teufel | 1991 Was Sie Nie Über Frauen Wissen Wollten | 1993 Gut Drauf, Schlecht Dran | 1994 In Hassliebe Lola | 1996 So Wahr Ich Liebe | 1997 Blond Bis Aufs Blut | 1998 Und Gott Erschuf Das Make-Up | 1999 Made in Moabit - Eine Familie Aus Dem Hinterhof | 2000 Verdammt in Alle Eitelkeit | 2000 Qualverwandt Oder Wenn Der Pfleger Zweimal Klingelt | 2003 Ich Bin, Gott Sei Dank, Beim Film! | 2004 Aus Dem Tagebuch Eines Sexmoppels | 2005 Küss Die Kamera! | 2007 As Showtime Goes By | 2008 Im Tiefen Tal Der Therapierten | 2008 Hilka Will Noch

Biography Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Born in Bad Wörishofen on 31.5.1945, he died in Munich on 10.6.1982. He began making films and stage plays in Munich in 1966/67. He directed his first feature film in 1969. An actor, dramatist, radio playwright and producer, he was the most productive force in New German Cinema. Today, all rights to Fassbinder’s works are owned by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation. The foundation’s aim is to preserve and disseminate the director’s comprehensive oeuvre.