Lou Reed's misunderstood masterpiece concept album ‘Berlin’ is given was originally released in 1973 and subsequently left to gather dust. This beautifully visual concert film was made over five nights in Brooklyn by the artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel.
‘Berlin’ was said to be one of the most depressing albums ever made and as it was brought to life it was far from dismal. Using the divided city of Berlin as its backdrop, the story of Caroline and her lovers is told through the emotive and provocative words of Lou Reed.
With performers like Fernando Saunders, Antony, Steve Hunter, Rob Wassermann, Rupert Christie and Sharon Jones, a seven-piece orchestra and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus all working to create a captivating and enveloping world, Lou Reed takes the audience with him as he bares witness to Caroline’s self-destruction. Julian’s set design creates the backdrop of a hotel with greenish walls and Lola Schnabel’s films display the beauty and tragedy of the narrator’s leading lady (played by Emmanuelle Seigner), adding to the experience which is so devastating and beautiful at the same time.
DVD catalogue number: ART387DVD
Blu-ray catalogue number: ART001BD