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.
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