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  • Actors: Ross McElwee, Marilyn Levine
  • Directors: Ross McElwee, Marilyn Levine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HOP43A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Something to Do With the Wall" on IMDb

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In 1986, Ross McElwee and Marilyn Levine first shot footage on the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's erection, when the imposing structure was still very much intact as the world's outstanding symbol of the Communist hard line and Cold War lore. They thought they were making a documentary on the community of tourists, soldiers, and West Berliners who lived in the seemingly eternal presence of the graffiti emblazoned eyesore.
But in 1989, as the original film neared completion, the Wall came down, and McElwee and Levine were in Berlin again, this time to capture the radically different atmosphere of the reunified city.

Review

Another blithe chapter in Ross McElwee's continuing and extremely uncertain relationship with history... Reporting of a most pertinent and genially eccentric order. --Vincent Canby, NEW YORK TIMES

[5 stars] Spins an exquisite web that holds one enchanted. --Video Rating Guide For Libraries

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elton J. on December 22, 2013
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I was in Berlin in the 80's. Everything in here was factual and well presented. Even saw a character I had forgotten all about. Would recommend this for anyone who has an interest in the Berlin Wall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eshopper on August 9, 2014
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This is just another documentary of many about the Berlin Wall. It lacks of professional filming technics . Content is as sad as every thing related to the Wall and the suffering of Berliners can be. This clearly shows how authoritarism doesn't care about people. It should never happen again.
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This is like a home movie from the mid to late 1980s of happenings around the Berlin Wall. Its kind of folksy and personal, almost a documentary, but really more of a scrapbook of memories. It does a good job capturing the atmosphere of the time, the people, the clothing, the grittiness of the city near the wall. The fact that its not a big budget documentary is exactly what makes it interesting. A lot of fun for anyone who was there or whose interested in what it was like in Berlin as the wall came down.
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