I have just found out that the Berlinale (German film festival) will be showing “B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin“. The “rockumentary” directed by Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange focuses on the art and chaos of West Berlin in the eighties. As expected there will be a few familiar faces like Blixa Bargeld and Nick Cave. From the look of the trailer the documentary looks really interesting! I will keep you updated if I find the release dates.
There is Blixa Bargeld, skinny as a rake, getting people drunk in the bar ‘Risiko’, and an earnest-looking Nick Cave collecting ‘German Gothic’ on a wall of his room in a Berlin flat. Cool Gudrun Gut stands outside ‘Dschungel’ counting the number of clubs you can go to at two in the morning, and ‘Tödliche Doris’ sings at a most inhospitable Potsdamer Platz. And somewhere in between the Wall and firewalls, the old buildings and the new, Mania D and Westbam, is Mark Reeder from Manchester. Drawn by his love of off-the-wall urban electronic music this British musician, label-maker and military fetishist came to Berlin at the end of seventies, where apparently – and fortunately! – everything he experienced was filmed.
With its copious images and audio material compiled by Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck and Heiko Lange, B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West-Berlin is a documentary and a declaration of love rolled into one. A warm-yet-wrecked reencounter with themselves for all those who were a part of it. And downright mind-expanding for all those who have arrived since and claim to know where Berlin’s bear got down, or even dare assert that things only began to swing in 1990.
If you get to see the documentary, let us know what you think in the comment section.