“An awe-inspiring, intensely emotional experience.”
“Genuinely affecting. A reminder of how vital Lou Reed can be.”
- Time Out London
“When Lou Reed originally recorded the album Berlin in 1973, it was a commercial failure. Over the next 33 years, he never performed the album live. For five nights in December 2006 at St. Ann's Warehouse Brooklyn, Lou Reed performed his masterwork about love's dark sisters: jealousy, rage and loss.” – Julian Schnabel
Artificial Eye (UK) is pleased to announce that Lou Reed’s critically acclaimed concert film “Lou Reed’s Berlin”, directed by Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) will be officially released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 6th October.Staging Berlin has been discussed for over 30 years and in December of 2006 it became a reality. 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 is able to take 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 the French actress Emmanuelle Seigner), adding to the experience which is so devastating and beautiful at the same time.