Lou Reed's Berlin

by DeAnn Welker July 15, 2008 11:44 am
Lou Reed's Berlin It's not often that a documentary is made about an album that was a commercial failure 35 years ago, but then, Julian Schnabel is not exactly your run-of-the-mill filmmaker. After all, the artist created the surprise Oscar contender The Diving Bell and the Butterfly last year, based on the true story of the French Elle editor who suffered a stroke and was almost entirely paralyzed.

Mr. Schnabel's back, but this time he brings to the screen the first live performance, in 2006 (!), of Lou Reed's 1973 album Berlin. The trailer is a real tease, giving viewers almost nothing except intro music and some grainy shots of the show, the crowd, and behind the scenes. They must be figuring that putting Lou Reed on screen, and from no less than Julian Schnabel, is all they'll have to do to fill the few (one, this week) screens where this will be showing. And, you never know, this might even bring new life to album sales of Berlin. Wouldn't that be sweet justice for Reed? Did someone say "commercial failure"? Yeah, I didn't think so.

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