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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.
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
A good documentary! With real connections to what life was around the wall, this is valuable to hear and see from people and look at the wall both before it came down, during it... Read morePublished 25 days ago by C. G.
I really enjoyed this documentary. I visited the Berlin Wall and went through Check Point Charlie in November 1987. This program took me right back to that time.Published 1 month ago by CapsFan