Lou Reed's Berlin

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Introduced by Julian Schnabel

Dir. Julian Schnabel. 2007, 85 mins. 35mm. Photographed by Ellen Kuras. After his hit song “Walk on the Wild Side,” Lou Reed recorded his ambitious, mesmerizing, and mournful concept album Berlin. Harsh reviews prevented Reed from performing the album live; three decades later, the critical assessment had turned, and the album was considered one of Reed’s best. With painter and director Julian Schnabel art-directing, Berlin was performed over five nights at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. Featuring an outstanding band, backed up by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lou Reed at his best, and visuals including impressionistic films by Schnabel’s daughter Lola, the film Lou Reed’s Berlin is a wonderful chronicle of an unforgettable event, ending delightfully with a buoyant rendition of “Sweet Jane.” 

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