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Berlin (2007)

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Lou Reed's 2006 live concert performance of his 1973 concept album "Berlin", filmed over five nights at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.

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Julian Schnabel

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Cast

Credited cast:
Lou Reed ... Himself
Fernando Saunders Fernando Saunders ... Himself
Sharon Jones Sharon Jones ... Herself
Anohni ... Himself (as Antony)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Brooklyn Youth Chorus ... Themselves
Steve Hunter Steve Hunter ... Himself
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Caroline
Tony Thunder Smith Tony Thunder Smith ... Himself
Rob Wasserman Rob Wasserman ... Himself
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Lou Reed's 2006 live concert performance of his 1973 concept album "Berlin", filmed over five nights at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.

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Genres:

Documentary | Music

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Rated PG-13 for brief language | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2008 (UK) See more »

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Lou Reed's Berlin See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,280, 20 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,692, 3 August 2008
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Waterboy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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One of the great concert films
16 September 2010 | by william-t-archerSee all my reviews

Julian Schnabel might have been the most annoying New York artist of the Eighties, but he has really blossomed as a movie director. Concert films don't usually show much visual style, but here Schnabel has worked out a distinctive look for the movie that is entrancing without ever being intrusive or flashy-for-the-sake-of-flashiness. Of course, it helps that he's got a great series of songs to film: the Berlin album is one of those rock masterpieces that has grown over time, and it's almost reassuring to know that it was trashed by critics when it came out, since Lou Reed is so clearly having the last laugh on them now. Reed, as it turns out, has become an even more compelling camera subject than when he was young and a little too pretty for his own good. Here, he looks both ravaged and utterly determined to give every song his absolute best. It's bracing to see an artist who has sometimes thrown his talent away for the sake of looking cool now grab hold of the best he's got with such energy and devotion. There's weariness in his face, but no defeat, and Berlin's relentlessly downbeat lyrics remind us that, at its best, great rock music has always had the ability to take our losses and pain and make something beautiful out of them, without sugar-coating them with sentimentality or fake uplift.


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