BERLIN NOW – 1985 Film with Blixa Bargeld, FM Einheit, Mona Mur and Alexander Hacke

by Red Cell

BERLIN NOW is a 1985 film by Wolfgang Büld featuring some of the most groundbreaking and important experimental musicians of the 80s. Einstürzende Neubauten, Die Haut, Blixa Bargeld, Alexander Hacke, FM Einheit, Mona Mur and many more. The film revolves around the divide between the political whitewashing and cultivation of the “New Berlin” and what the city actually is, a place filled with rotting, empty building and deserted lots. But, it is the music in this movie that speaks to the heart of the matter. Einstürzende Neubauten’s very name means collapsing new buildings. The experimental music form this part of the world delves heavily into deconstruction not only as metaphor and instruction, but also literally. As the film bounces around styles like TV movie of the week to underground exploitation, the music is what solidifies and gives continuity. It is a specific time in a specific place that feels both nostalgic and cutting edge.

The Director, Büld, had a reputation for understanding underground music, having produced films like, ‘Punk in London’ (1977), ‘Reggae in Babylon’ (1978) and ‘British Rock’ (1979).

You can read a bit more about the film and watch it (with a signup) right here.

Credits:
Berlin Now
1985
Language: German
Duration: 58 Min.
Director: Wolfgang Büld, Sissi Kelling
Camera: Roland Willaert, Andreas Thiel
Music: Blixa Bargeld, Stefan Will, D.A.F., Sex Pistols, Lou Reed
Starring: Blixa Bargeld, Einstürzende Neubauten, Mona Mur, Mike Vamp, Alexander Hacke, N.U. Unruh, FM Einheit, Sprung aus den Woken, Matador, Die Haut, Santrra, Die Schlampen

4 Comments

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  2. deJa3 says:

    The End justifing the Beings i reckon..
    wonderful addition to the webosphere…keep it up:)
    I take issue that experimental music is obsure…the whole ethos of artistry is push boundaries or put an emotional angle into a given perspective.
    ‘Popular’ media do not follow this ethos,it is an enthusiam for marketing techniques…with the basis for ‘shifting units’…Warhol explained this,but as ‘popular’ culture took him for their own,and in the interests of marketing a cult moneyspinner,rinsed the art and meaning out of it.
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  3. Hello,

    thanks for the interesting post. The link to watch the film is outdated, you can now access BERLIN NOW at http://www.realeyz.tv/en/berlin-now.html,

    Best, Andreas

  4. Hello,

    great site, interesting article.
    I’m from the realeyz.tv team and see the link you post is outdated.
    The correct one is:
    http://www.realeyz.tv/en/berlin-now.html

    Best, Andreas

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