LOU REED'S BERLIN

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LOU REED'S BERLIN

Julian Schnabel
USA/GB, 2006
Documentaries, 85min, OF

LOU REED'S BERLIN

Julian Schnabel
USA/GB, 2006
Documentaries, 85min, OF

Cast: 
Lou Reed
Emmanuelle Seigner
Sound: 
John Harris
Camera: 
Ellen Kuras
Editor: 
Benjamin Flaherty
Composer: 
Lou Reed

Production: 
Waterboy Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Following his glam hit “Walk on the Wild Side”, Lou Reed recorded “Berlin” in 1973, an ambitious concept album that came as a sharp and unexpected contrast. Scored with orchestral arrangements, it traced the same characters through several songs, exploring themes of jealousy, rage and loss. Harsh initial reviews dashed the hopes Reed and his producer Bob Ezrin had of performing the album live. But critical assessment went through a dramatic turnabout: Tracks like “How Do You Think it Feels?” and “Sad Song” became classics; the “Rolling Stone” magazine, which once excoriated “Berlin”, now ranks it among their top five hundred albums.
So 33 years later, Reed and Ezrin finally got their wish: They teamed up with music producer Hal Willner to stage «Berlin» in venues around the world. Julian Schnabel art-directed the staging and filmed the production over five nights at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. Schnabel’s daughter Lola shot impressio nistic films for the performance that are projected on stage and enhance the music’s narrative elements. (Thom Powers)