If it is true that there is nothing to understand in life, it is equally true that Berlin tries to explain something to you: freedom. So, even before being swallowed up by the unusual metabolism of this unique metropolis, you find yourself redefining the hierarchies of meaning of your well-being and looking for a new existential rhythm, a different movement that has nothing to do with laziness and boredom, but only with free will.
Today’s Berlin is a Utopia full of imperfections, very different from the one cut in two by the iron curtain, but which still preserves the libertarian legacy of its western slice, an attractive pole, in the eighties, of many artistic personalities in search of a free port of expression.
A bohemian territory surrounded by communist Germany, a decadent hub of talented creativity from all over the world, the West Berlin of the time is a place where the day lasts a moment and the night is endless, where avant-gardes and sub-cultures are born as spontaneous flowers of anarchy and contempt for conventions.
What’s left of this underground decade, we are told by “B-movie Lust & Sound in West-Berlin” involving documentary signed by Jörg A. Hoppe, Heiko Lange and Klaus Maeck already presented, among other things, during the last edition of the Berlinale.
First-hand narrated by British-born musician Mark Reeder – who moved from his native England to Berlin at the time – the film mixes dirty super-8 images, archive clips, biographical re-enactments and television documents that have largely never appeared on the screen, in order to faithfully convey the chaotic but fervent atmosphere of this memorable counter-culture. The story of a decade that began with punk and ended with the first Love Parade.
Numerous famous appearances enrich this audiovisual product: from Nick Cave to Tilda Swinton, from Keith Haring to New Orders, from Blixa Bargeld to Gudrun Gut to David Hasselhoff and Christiane Felscherinow.
The soundtrack is also precious (and as it might not be): David Bowie, Joy Division, Sex Pistols, Tangerine Dream just to name a few.
All that remains to be done, starting from 21 May, is to go to the cinema, to get to know even better the historical path of our favourite capital: a place that is still revolutionary, increasingly magnetic, fascinating and a territory that has now become the nerve centre of the contemporary electronic scenario.