In one scene a gang of German youths are walking over a plot of waste ground very similar to the area that Homer searched for Postdamer Platz. Unlike the aged Homer, these youths have no recollection of the individual Berlin of old, they do however recognise Peter Falk as Colombo. The suggestion here is that American popular culture has robbed the German youth of the desire to reclaim their own national culture. This is a visual demonstration of Adorno’s ‘culture industry.’ These individualised youths who have no knowledge of their own culture are kept politically apathetic by the proliferation of American popular culture.
What is also interesting is the way that the colorized Berlin is suddenly a much more commercial Berlin. The monochrome photographed Berlin described by David Harvey becomes vibrant, but as he walks the streets at night the colour emanates from neon signs and shop windows. It is only the German language that separates them from any other city in the western world. Although the city becomes more vivid in colour, it is also fair to say that it losses much of its individuality to a western commercial aesthetic.