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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the 'Sound', a new disco with most modern equipment. Although she's legally too young, she asks a friend to take her. There she meets Detlef, who's in a clique where everybody's on drugs. Step by step she gets drawn deeper into the scene.Free upgrade to first class mail.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.75:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Uli Edel
- Media Format : Color, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 11 minutes
- Release date : July 3, 2001
- Actors : Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Lothar Chamski, Rainer Woelk
- Producers : Bernd Eichinger, Bertram Vetter, Hans Kaden
- Studio : IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
- ASIN : B00005KH2B
- Writers : Herman Weigel, Horst Rieck, Kai Hermann, Uli Edel
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #163,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The movie itself is pretty stark. The David Bowie soundtrack is impressively appropriate, David like the Pied Piper, part of the enticement of a sordid lifestyle of excessive drugs, bleak lives, sex for drug money. The irony is that Bowie survived his own similar excesses, and in his later life admitted all that experimenting wasn't all that satisfying and he ended up preferring a more sedentary lifestyle, free of drugs, careful with friends, though his art continued to be underworldly.
The notes to the making of the movie are worth reading in Extra Features. We are a strange creature, where Heroin takes people to a satisfaction that seems to outdo normal being, and yet, it's easily overindulged which sets into play an unsustainable conflict between H's appeal va being "clean." Young people milling around, looking for experience, liberation, nirvana, bliss that takes them out of the world, while reducing their interest and ability to be in the world.
The moral of the story could be learning moderation. Many of the elders in Asia take heroin as a daily relaxant over years and manage to have relatively balanced lives. But the Western propaganda is to make drugs against the law, which temps adventure seekers and rebels and hypes the addict scenario. The withdrawel arc in the movie was maybe a bit overdone. And using other drugs to help the transition to "clean" seems also part of the hype, get off one thing by getting on something else. We swing from wanting to walk on the wild side, to wanting to step simple and straight or check out altogether.
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Bowie was in his Dark period Station to Station was my favourite album. I adore all vintage Bowie. His death shocked me to the core. Only 69.
The soundtrack by David Bowie(who lived in Berlin in the late 1970s)is great,with the jolly,optimistic sound of "Heroes" at the start,then,as the film goes on,being replaced by the eerie electronic sounds of the "Low" and "Heroes" albums.His own cameo performing a fine rendition of "Station to Station"is worth a watch too.
If you have teenage children,it will be your worst nightmare come true,but you may find they enjoy it too(my 17 year old neice thought it was great).