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Kraftwerk And The Electronic Revolution

3.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Documentary retrospective on the music and career of the German electronic music pioneers. Formed in the late 1960s, Kraftwerk has influenced everyone from David Bowie and Coldplay to Siouxsie Sioux and Radiohead. The group's clinical, computer-driven sound has also been directly responsible for the development of the electronica, techno and synth-pop genres, to name but three.

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  • Actors: Thomas Arnold, Karl Bartos, Diedrich Diederichsen, Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius
  • Producers: Rob Johnstone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Edge Mus640
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BTOE0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kraftwerk And The Electronic Revolution" on IMDb

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By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2009
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I have to admit that I am a HUGE Kraftwerk fan, and when I fell on this, I just knew I had to get it. The goal of this 3 hour documentary is not simply to tell the story of just Kraftwerk, but also of the German music scene in the 60s and 70s, the Berlin vs. Dusseldorf schools of music, etc. The first hour or so brings a lot of attention to the so-called Krautrock acts like Amon Duul, Can, and Neu!, but also electronic avant-garde bands like Harmonia, Cluster, etc. Incredibly Klaus Schulze, one of my favorite electronic music artists, is interviewed extensively as well.

The second half of the documentary is more focused on Kraftwerk's career, from the first three (and later disavowed) albums on to the mainstream success that "Autobahn" was, and so on. Karl Bartos, member of Kraftwerk from 1975 to 1990, is also interviewed extensively, and not surprisingly has the most interesting insight and stories of anyone interviewed. Towards the end of the documentary, attention is given to the lasting legacy of Kraftwerk, from the influence on Brian Eno and David Bowie, to the disco scene and Giorgio Moroder (who of course recorded in Germany), to acts like the Human League (thumbs up from Bartos) and Gary Numan (thumbs down from Bartos, dismissing Numan as a 'parody'). And on and on. The 3 hours just flew by to be honest. Be aware, this is NOT a Kraftwerk concert movie (for that, check out the "Minimum Maximum" DVD) or even biography. Instead, this should be seen as nothing more (or less) than a history lesson on a particular slice of music history, which I happen to find fascinating.

There are a couple of extras on the DVD: a 10 min. further look into the Berlin vs. Dusseldorf schools of music, another 10 min.
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This documentary attempts to cover the rise of German electronic and experimental music from the 1960s, centered on Kraftwerk. There are perhaps two documentaries here: one an overview of the career of Kraftwerk, and the other the development of native German music. I found the latter more interesting, but I enjoyed it all.

If your interest is just in Kraftwerk, you may not get enough out of this to justify the time. If you are mostly unfamiliar with German music from the '60s, picking it up, as I did, with Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream and Neu! in the '70s, then you may find the first hour as interesting as I did.

It's definitely worth the money, and it's on DVD, so you don't have to watch it all at once.
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First of all, I loved this movie. Then again, I am very much into the Krautrock scene that Kraftwerk sprang from and found that very fascinating. The first hour of this movie is not really concentrated on Kraftwerk, but on how electronic music and Krautrock - anti-popular, avant-garde "rock" - came from Germany, and how it developed on different levels (academic, cultural, and 'normal' music channels) I think most Kraftwerk fans will be interested but if you're thinking "I don't give a damn about Popul Vuh, tell me about Kraftwerk" you will find it VERY boring. The filmmakers I think did Kraftwerk a great service by this, however, because they show that while Kraftwerk were amazingly innovative and fresh their cultural context was not a vacuum, however it seemed to the West when "Autobahn" was a hit. All that said, all the popular Kraftwerk stuff from Autobahn on was dealt with as well as can be expected with no big surprises to uncover. When specific pieces of equipment were discussed, I found that fascinating, but the obligatory talking heads ("Krautrock expert", "Music Reviewer") discussing records got a little bland. All the discussions by the actual musicians in the Krautrock scene (and 1 former Kraftwerk member, a coup I imagine for the film makers) were great.
The post-Kraftwerk explosion and influence I thought would be uninteresting but it was actually very watchable and engaging - starting with the drum machines on Donna Summer's hit, to Bowie's experiments in Berlin, and then to 80's pop music.
I have one tiny thing to complain about, and that's with all the talk about some great and obscure Krautrock artists, why did Faust get shafted? FAUST!?!? Only mentioned once, in passing? Maybe they weren't "typical" Krautrockers but as the movie showed, there were only a few threads linking all the Krautrock bands together and they weren't musical as much as they were conceptual......anyway, yeah, good movie!
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Other reviewers are correct.... this is more of an overview of the early electronic scene in Germany. I wish there were full concert performances of the music as well as studio visits, creation process, demos and synth equipment used etc.......
Overall - okay, but still thin on content - this production had immense potential but fell short. I wanted more.
The package also states: "This film is not authorized by Kraftwerk"
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As with any music doc, fans of the genre will wonder why some artists aren't covered or covered in greater detail. Overall, this documentary is quite extensive and very well done and should please most fans. One thing that sets it apart from so many music documentaries on music is that it includes wonderful interviews with artists from the early movement, instead of focusing too much on the music experts. It's a very long documentary, but we were captivated throughout.
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