Having been driven to the brink of breakdown via a bad drug habit and overwork, in 1975 David Bowie left LA and set up camp in a rundown Berlin apartment with just his buddy Iggy Pop - similarly on the cusp of - for company. While there Bowie created a quite astonishing triumvirate of albums under his own name, and a further two with Pop. In between sessions, he found time to star in David Hemmings' 'Just A Gigolo' and feature as keyboard player on Iggy's 'Idiot' tour. This film uncovers the full story of this remarkable period of Bowie's life and the records that were created in its midst, as it explores his fascination with the city he now called home and unearths the sources of his inspiration. Featuring exclusive and archive interviews, rare footage, performance film and a range of other features, this program sheds new light on the most creative and influential period of David Bowie's career.
- David Bowie: Bowie in Berlin review by CK
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This is a group of men talking about what they think about Bowie. Factually light and the reference to the Berlin years is incidental and probably chosen because Bowie himself knows very little about that time of his life.
I guess clips like the ones of Madonna and war footage were included to bulk up the running time as they had so little information to speculate with. I do not consider the dvd content worth 50p but as a Bowie fan I had to include it on my list.
Watching it did remind me of some tracks I have not played for a long time and why music experts should always be completely ignored. The way they selected disjointed single frames from a life and claimed logical intent and planning from a drug-fuelled alcoholic annoyed me. I presume they needed to create a persona to suit the presenters view of the world in order to have something to say.
Watching this dvd, did make me play Low, my least favourite Bowie album, again. It did not make me like that any better. Possibly I understand Station to Station more.