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In 1986, Ross McElwee and Marilyn Levine were making a film about the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall, when the imposing structure was still very much intact as the world's most visible symbol of hardline Communism. | Add synopsis »
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Marilyn Levine ... Herself
Ross McElwee ... Himself

Directed by
Marilyn Levine 
Ross McElwee 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marilyn Levine 
Ross McElwee 

Produced by
Marilyn Levine .... producer
Ross McElwee .... producer
Cinematography by
Marilyn Levine 
Ross McElwee 
Film Editing by
Marilyn Levine 
Ross McElwee 
Sound Department
Richard Bock .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Adrian McElwee .... best boy
Editorial Department
Annie Ballard .... editing assistant
Other crew
Diana Chirita .... translations
Detlef Kohn .... translations
Rosalie LeVine .... production assistant
B.R. Stewart .... titles
Sylvia Andresen .... thanks
Alexandra Anthony .... thanks
Steve Ascher .... thanks
Rachel Berkowitz .... thanks
Michael Blumenthal .... thanks
Tom Brokaw .... thanks
Michael Callahan .... thanks
Robert Gardner .... special thanks
Alfred Guzzetti .... thanks
Jeanne Jordan .... thanks
Andreas Knorpp .... thanks
Alan LaRue .... thanks
Detlef Levin .... thanks
Xu Li .... thanks
Dianne Ludman .... thanks
Peter McGhee .... special thanks
Adina Mornell .... thanks
Robb Moss .... thanks
Dick Rogers .... thanks
Pam Wolfson .... thanks


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
nice pre- and post- Berlin Wall documentary, 17 August 2003
Author: maxhauser from United States

I caught this on Cinemax in the mid-1990's. The cable channel was celebrating documentaries by showing several throughout a single month. When the promo mentioned Ross' name, I knew I had to tape this one. I loved "Sherman's March" when I first saw it on PBS back in the 80's and I never realized that he made more films (this was in the days prior to IMDB). "Something to Do with the Wall" was shown only twice that month. I must preface my comments by mentioning that it has been almost ten years since I last watched this film.

It's a unique documentary considering the fact that Ross was making the documentary about the Berlin Wall just before history was about to change. He was able to go back and re-interview the main subjects of his original project. Residents that remember the days without the wall tell their stories to Ross. Rarely does a historian get a chance to document his subjects while the history books are being written.

I like Ross' style of documentary filmmaking. Through a heavy dose of narration and insightful comments, the viewer is drawn into the subject. He makes you want to understand why he thinks this subject is important. Michael Moore uses a similar tone in his films, but Ross is always sympathetic and tells you that these are his thoughts and feelings, not the truth. The truth is for you, the viewer, to decide.

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