Berlin, 1981. Ken Barlow is the washed up ex-tour manager for the Rolling Stones who has found salvation in Moody, an up and coming synth-pop artist. Obsessed with the need for publicity, Barlow incites a violent punk riot at Moody’s concert, embarking the two on a destructive quest for success.
The punk spirit of Roland Klick’s cinema finds actualization in this underdog tale of a rising musician and his overdetermined manager, a role devoured by Dennis Hopper, who noted it as the “most emotionally demanding movie I’ve ever made”. A painfully true portrait of the fight for art and life.
This is Hopper in his 'American Friend' stage. Not his 'Blue Velvet' stage. You're telling me this was more emotionally taxing? "Fuck you, you fucking fuck!" and most of all "You know what a love letter is? It's a bullet from a fucking gun, fucker! You receive a love letter from me, you're fucked forever! You understand, fuck? I'll send you straight to hell, fucker!" I don't think he was whispering these lines.