Date: 8th February 2001

Enemy Received Friendlier Ending Before Berlinale

Enemy at the Gates, regarded as the most expensive European film ever produced, opened the 51st annual Berlin Film Festival Wednesday night. Today's (Thursday) Wall Street Journal Europe reported that within the past two months a new final scene was shot and added in order to give the movie an upbeat ending after the original ending tested poorly. According to the newspaper, the alteration of the film was viewed as a capitulation to Hollywood. But Rainer Schaper, CEO of Babelsberg Studio outside of Berlin, where the film was shot, told the newspaper: "That's not American, that's dramaturgy. When a script is changed even this late, it's part of the creative process."

Source: Studio Briefing