• The Rains of Berlin
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Loglines
In 1981, an author reminisces navigating through WWII Germany as a gay man. He notes a deep but ill-fated romance with a Nazi General's son.
In the 1980s, an acclaimed German musician tells his story during the war, when he fell in love with a young ballet dancer who was the son of a Nazi.
In 1981, a pianist reflects on his time in Germany of 1932, where he fell in love with a male dancer whose father was a general for Hitler.
In World War II Germany, a gay musician finds love with a dancer, and the two of them struggle to be together under the watchful eye of the dancer's bigoted father, who is a Nazi general.
Format
Genres
Drama, Historical, Romance, LGBTQ, Love, Nazi, Performance, Performer, WWII
Pages
113
Rated
R
Budget
High
Lead
M White 70 Average
Similar
The Imitation Game, The Reader, Brokeback Mountain, A Love To Hide, The Exception, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
When
Primarily in late 1920s/1930s, scenes in 1981
Where
New York apartment, Germany, church, school, train station, Munich music school, shoe parlor, Munich streets, library, lecture hall, auditorium, art gallery, cafe, house

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Synopsis
In 1982, LEONARD HERTZ (70) is performing a rare interview for an unseen PRODUCER (?) and discussing his life story. Through his interactions with the Producer, it is made known that Leonard has become an accomplished author. However, his life began with much humbler origins.

Leonard then describes how he grew up in the 1920s in a German orphanage. Young Leonard found a passion for music, and this helped him to deal with his abandonment by his parents. LEONARD (17) is then seen as a young man at the orphanage. Soon, he meets a new arrival named WALTER (17). While Leonard is somewhat quiet and inhibited, Walter is outgoing and vibrant, and the two grow quite close.

Leonard continues to harness his musical abilities. He sets out to impress a CONSERVATORY REPRESENTATIVE during a musical recital. He succeeds, and he is offered a scholarship to the Royal Conservatory of Munich. Leonard and Walter celebrate and reflect on how life may take them separate ways. Leonard takes the opportunity to kiss Walter and confess his love. Walter becomes angry and leaves Leonard.

In the 1930s, Leonard is now attending his music school and working on the side as a cobbler. Through his work, he...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (CONSIDER)
In “The Rains of Berlin,” a romantic World War II drama, Leonard Hertz, now an acclaimed German author and musician, recounts his experience as a music student in 1930s Germany, as he falls in love with Peter, a ballet dancer, as they struggle against homophobia and Nazi opposition led by Peter’s Nazi father. From the last draft, this revision makes some improvements in its pacing with the relationship of Leonard and Peter, as they act on their feelings more quickly and explore their emotions in a heightened fashion. In addition, the writing is more fluid and sensory, helping propel the action forward and bring the performances of Leonard and Peter to life. In addition, the structure as Leonard recounts his story to a camera crew adds a wistful tone and sense of regret to his narration. There still could be a further development of certain plotlines and characters, particularly the character Werner and how he might feel after having his son killed and why he lets Leoanrd get away. In addition, while it is heightened from the previous draft, there could still be more exploration of Leonard’s internal conflict, as he was silent for so many years and now speaks the truth. Overall, “The Rains of Berlin” is a compelling historical romance, though it could do more to explore the depths of its characters....
Reader 2 Comments
OVERALL (CONSIDER)
Centered on a musician reflecting on a tragic romance in 1932, “The Rains of Berlin” is a frequently compelling period drama with a good premise, well-written dialogue, and a consistent tone throughout. Areas of improvement revolve around some characterization, as a primary side character that serves as the primary antagonist has intriguing potential, but feels mostly undercooked. While the structure is strong, the pacing can feel a bit quick in some areas, while the presentation has aspects that need correction. While there are tweaks to be made, as a whole, “The Rains of Berlin” is a good entry into the genre....
Reader 3 Comments
OVERALL (CONSIDER)
“The Rains of Berlin” revolves around a gay musician falling in love with a dancer in World War II Germany, while the threat of the dancer’s Nazi general father looms large over their romance. The premise is spectacular and speaks clearly of the intended character work, tone, and conflicts. The structure of the story, however, requires some refinements, as much time is spent on what eventually proves to be a false, temporary thread in the first act. There is indeed value to be found in the character-defining elements of this act, but the important takeaways of this area feel as though they could be communicated in a fraction of the time that is currently being spent on them. This winds up taking a toll on the pacing and even the overarching impression of conflicts as well. As for character work, it lives up to the promise of the premise through its rich and rewarding romance. The tone flourishes within the romance, and it comes to an expected yet highly effective close with a punctuating tragedy. The logic of the biographical elements is well-handled, and the craft only experiences a handful of small issues....