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"Closing Night of 'The Tribeca Film Festival" with Julian Schnabel for 'Lou Reed's 'Berlin'"

Jane Rosenthal was proud to end the 8th annual Tribeca Film Festival with "Lou Reed's, Berlin", hosted by the Academy Award Nominated, Julian Schnabel, Former Juror, Lou Reed, and Moderator Lisa Robinson.

*It's a little rough around the edges, but you may be able to read between the lines.

J.S.~ "It was my responsibility that I had to make this film. I heard the record in 1973 when it came out and it had a huge impact on me and it was an important part of my life. It had been something that I thought of for awhile. Many people asked if I would, Susan Feldman asked me to do it at St. Anne's Warehouse in Brooklyn, and at the time I was making a film in France". "I was working on a Chinese 18th Century print, and I blew them up. When she walked out of the bar of the hotel, there were greenish walls painted on a white arm band and he said that's the Berlin Wall. There was no $, the budget was $16,000. I can't stretch the canvas with that." One thing really need to say, 1. to my daughter Lola, 'that was some good stuff she shot'". and 2. to Allejandro, who "made a film with furniture flying around in a fish tank".

Q: Lisa Robinson~ "How did you get that sound?"
A: L.Reed. "John Harris is responsible for that sound. I've never heard rock sound good in a movie, it usually sounds disjointed, try to get tone, they had to mic it, and mix it over a certain kind of genre, it's analog and hear it in digital. I said to Julian you can stop and just do that and go back to Paris. I really loved Alan Curtis' cinematography.

J.Schnabel~ "I didn't want it to be fancy with cranes, we had the opportunity to invite an audience and put a cameraperson up on stage." John Kilik, producer, made sure we didn't have a crane.

Lou Reed: credited John, as "it would never have made it to St. Anne's warehouse if it weren't for him."

Julian S~ jokingly, "I'd like to thank the entire audience. Can everybody get up?"

Julian S~ "You had a bad experience with 'Berlin' a long time ago. It wasn't like someone doing a retrospective. The interesting thing to me was that we had Steve Hunter, Bob Ezrin, the original producer, and Hal Lumner.

Lisa Robinson~ "Was it a luxury going back 35 years?"

Lou Reed~ "Julian knew the record better than me. "Why don't you wait to do that?"

Julian Schnabel~ "A couple things happened, you (referring to Lou Reed), went to Australia and then around Europe, and you became more comfortable. What I thought was amazing the way you looked at Anthony and Steve, it was sort of like watching Christopher Walken perform open heart surgery on himself."

Lou Reed~ "Ellen Curtis, the cinematographer, had beautiful montages, so beautiful to look at. I got to see details I never saw".

Julian Schnabel~ "He lives across the street from me, daughter or brother-in-law wanted to work on the project too."

Lou Reed~ "Funny? He has a great mechanic."

Julian Schnabel~ "It was a film that Lola made when she was 17, when everything where you just didn't make it up, who knew it was brewing in 1973."

Lou Reed~ "Yeah, 1973, and we're watching it now". "He showed me Allejandro's moving furniture film, and 'No slouch Lola'"

Lisa R. ~"You weren't a tourist doing this movie, Have you thought of anything else? If not now than when?"

Lou Reed~ Berlin, grand ambitions, every 33 years, although there is nothing dated about it. I was trying not to use Street slang, and musically, was trying not to date it.

Julian S~ "Everyone should stop using the word "awesome". "Dude" is fine, "awesome" should have a ban."

Lola, Julian's daughter asked a question regarding "Rock Minuet", and Lou responded, "because he really loves it, it's a visual song".

Julian S~ "I thought it was an anthem like, "Walk on the Wild Side was." "Rock Minuet was a nice equivalent and it came out 25 years later."

Lou Reed~ "I was comfortable singing it because Julian said it was good."

Julian~ "I wrote Berlin on his back, because he blended into scenery."

Lou Reed~ "I was really trying to be the person singing, it's writing, those people don't really exist". "My voice has changed, it's deeper now".

Julian S~ "It might sound like mine."

Lou cackled loudly.

Julian S~ "He sang in a higher key."

L Reed~ "Once I got in it, that's the way it sounded."

Julian~ "Lou was so impressed with Anthony's singing, he thinks he (Lou) shouldn't sing. 
That song is even before Berlin but give it to Anthony and people paid attention to it."

"No one wants it here, but it is popular in Europe." "Germany and Brooklyn".

Lou Reed~ "I wouldn't change a hair on it's head since it's not going to be in the main theaters". "It's opening in NY on July 18th at "The Film Forum", and at "The New Art Theater" in LA. I've seen different things everytime. "From Before Night Falls".

Julian ~ "We worked together, we'ld eat breakfast together, things like that".

Lisa~ "How long does it take to write a song?

Julian~ "Do you take in to consider, thinking? You should ask me how long does it take me to paint a painting, the answer would be 56 years and 5 minutes."

Lisa~ You are so varied in your interests.

Lou Reed~ "I don't talk to people like that".


Julian~ "Art was a different life because art is a representation of life, therefore, it doesn't entertain death. Making art is life affirming even if the artist is tragic, only mediocrity and talent exist."

Q from audience~ "Lester Banks, rock critic, said it was the most depressed record ever made. Do you have any thoughts?"

Lou~ "I don't have ANY thoughts on his comments."

Julian~ "Christopher Walken drowned him in a film where the character was named Lester."

Q from audience~ "Would you acknowledge that the music was way ahead of it's time?"

Lou Reed~ "This is a lose/lose question."

Julian~ "I'm just amazed at having this on camera. Music intensifies experiences."
"Why should good things get a good response."
"Lou consider the source".

Lisa~ "Walk on the Wild Side", it wasn't "My Sharona".

Julian ~ Lou should be much richer.

Lou ~ Cackled loudly once again.

"Hubert Selvic, you would think it would be reflected in music, there was a whole continent you could write about." "Last Exit into Brooklyn". Like to see an album. In the old days I would wear sunglasses, now a days, I can't wear sunglasses, of I'd fall over a cable." "It is what it is, I like acting in a role, in a song, and I write the monologue myself."

Julian~ "Level of trust. He knew that if I was going to film him, he could be comfortable, trust is important. I think trust wasn't there for Lou in his life."

Lou~ "Probably in everybody's life." "I could b!tch and moan, but if I can't do it with Julian, who could I?"

Lola shot her part in 4 days, the editing process took 4 months.

"The object was not to make something that's boring, keep putting in stuff or taking stuff out until it is not boring."

Lisa~ "You can't call it a concert film.

Finally, Lou, "For me, it's an analogue, when a woman does a certain thing to you, you end up with a certain feeling."

After party at "Core Club". Harvey Weinstein, Michael Imperioli, Andre Leon Talley, Richard Belzer, and fabulous others in attendance.


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