Fascination with the Cold War is a big theme in movies at Berlin — and just may be at other Berlinales to come.
In town to help promote “The Good Shepherd,” director Robert De Niro said he’d like to do two more pics that take on more recent aspects of what he called that “fascinating time.”
Responding to a press question Saturday about why he didn’t grapple with more recent machinations of the CIA, De Niro said he’d “love” to do a second part, taking the story from 1961 to 1989, from around when the Berlin Wall went up until it came down.
Pausing only briefly, De Niro added that he’d even like to do a third part, taking the story from the fall of communism to the present, up to Iraq even.
“I’m fascinated by the Cold War,” he added.
On Sunday, speaking to a different crowd of mostly business and media elite, at the American Academy across town from the Berlinale headquarters De Niro recalled his early trip to Berlin in 1964.
Going into the East, he said, was “so amazingly haunting and spooky. It was like another world.”
He also reiterated his desire to continue making movies on this theme.
“It’s all fascinating stuff — terrifying and fascinating, the whole East-West conflict.”