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Berlin (2007)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Music | 25 July 2008 (UK)
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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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lou Reed's Berlin See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,280, 20 July 2008

Gross USA:

$33,231

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,860
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Waterboy Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The greatest Lou Reed performance ever filmed
31 May 2019 | by InjunNoseSee all my reviews

It is an irremediable shame that so few of Lou Reed's live performances were captured on film. There's the 1993 concert movie of The Velvet Underground's reunion, of course, and a handful of solo performances (most of them from Lou's later years except 1983's "A Night with Lou Reed"), but even for the casual fan there's very little to choose from...and for an artist of Reed's caliber it's inexcusably *too* little. Fortunately for us all, one of the options is "Berlin", Julian Schnabel's superlative eighty-minute document of Lou's performance of the album of the same name from beginning to end (plus a lengthy encore). Thirty-three years after the album's release, the "Berlin" song cycle was as vital and compelling as ever, Reed's gritty, unflinching delivery on classics like 'Lady Day' and 'The Bed' enhanced by a twelve-piece band and various backing vocalists including the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. This was not a mechanical run-through of the ten tracks from "Berlin": it was a recreation of the album itself, in both sound and spirit, and it's amazing. (The encore features an exquisitely disturbing rendition of 'Rock Minuet', a late-period masterpiece from Lou's 2000 album "Ecstasy", as well as a couple of Velvet Underground favorites.)

If you're going to own just one Lou Reed concert film, this should be it. "Berlin" is a perfect example of the brilliance of Reed's musical artistry.


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