17 July 2008

Lou Reed's Berlin

Directed by: Julian Schnabel
Full credits at IMDb

Grade: C

Thirty-five years after Lou Reed’s album Berlin flopped, the erstwhile Velvet Undergrounder resurrected the failed rock opera as a stage show. Julian Schnabel filmed a performance for posterity, but the downtown provocateur-turned-Oscar nominee put conspicuously little effort into the undertaking. In contrast to, say, Shine a Light’s big-screen verve, Berlin is YouTube-ready: visually banal, spiritlessly assembled.

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