B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 introduces us, with a dynamic collage of film and TV footage, to the 1980’s music scene of West-Berlin from punk, to industrial to electro, before (and a bit after) the fall of the iron curtain and its emblematic Wall.
The directors, Jörg A. Hoppe, Heiko Lange, Klaus Maek (Producer of some Fatih Akin films), follow the path of Mark Reeder (founder of German electro label EMS) who left his native Manchester to Squat sexy Berlin at the end of the 1970’s.
With Reeder’s voiceover, closely involved so we have to take his word for it (but with celluloid proof that is), we embark on a chronological depiction of an era and its people. From Reeder’s arrival with the discovery of a 24h hour sexy Berlin with its wild nightlife filled with Einstürzende Neubauten members, Nick Cave, Nena, or the infamous Christiane F. and various others, the enclosed city is introduced through Alexander von Sturmfeder great editing job in a well constructed anthropological piece since the producers take time to put things into context which offers a good taste of the period that goes beyond music.
If we could have take more insights on what is playing on the continually changing soundtrack, overall this documentary creates a comforting ambiance and is relevant for anyone interested in cultural phenomenon, either it is your kind of music or not.
Yours to discover…
* For Montrealers it plays at Goethe-Institut on May 5th.