Spring 2023

Jump cuts: Saskia Marka

Deutschland 86 (2018)

Client: UFA. Showrunners: Anna and Jøorg Winger.

Babylon Berlin series 4 (2022)

Directors: Henk Handloegten, Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries. Music: Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer.

The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

Director: Scott Frank. Processing: David Whyte. Music: Carlos Rafael Rivera.

Titles for Deutschland 86 (2018) by Saskia Marka

Saskia Marka’s titles for this Cold War thriller series (also Deutschland 83 and 89) has a ‘new wave’ flair that evokes the era in tandem with the title song, the 1983 hit ‘Major Tom (Coming Home)’ by German synthpop musician Peter Schilling.

For the second season, where the action spanned southern Africa as well as East and West Germany, the titles feature leading characters Martin (Jonas Nay, top left), Rose (Florence Kasumba, top right) and Annett (Sonja Gerhardt, above left) as well as signifiers to a time when East German home and work life was increasingly out of step with much of the rest of the world …

Titles for Babylon Berlin series 4 (2022) by Saskia Marka

Titles for The Queen’s Gambit (2020) by Saskia Marka

John L. Walters, editor of
Eye, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 104 vol. 26, 2023

Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and single issues.