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Lou Reed's BerlinIn a performance filmed in Brooklyn in 2006, Lou Reed...Lou Reed's BerlinDocumentaryPT81MUnratedIn a performance filmed in Brooklyn in 2006, Lou Reed...2008-07-18The Weinstein Company
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Lou Reed's Berlin

Genre: Documentary; Director: Julian Schnabel; Release Date Limited: 07/18/2008; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 81; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: The Weinstein Company

In a performance filmed in Brooklyn in 2006, Lou Reed gives his 1973 drugs-and-suicide-and-domestic-breakdown album Berlin the classic-rock treatment (horns, teen choir, Antony on vocals). Yet this luminously shot concert movie, directed by Julian Schnabel (who does with film stocks and video images created by his daughter what he used to do with plates), reveals that Berlin is far from the lost masterpiece the movie wants it to be. Reed and the band get a momentum going in ”Men of Good Fortune” and the great girl-group bop ”Caroline Says I,” but as the relationship chronicled by the songs withers, so does the music’s majesty. B-

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