Video Review: Scorpions “Wind of Change”

In color, a fan waves a sparkler.

In black-and-white footage from 1952, citizens of Berlin walk to their jobs and the shops to run errands. In 1961, a soldier hammers a wall into the Berlin Wall. A spotlight shines on the audience. On stage, Klaus sings into his microphone.

In color, soldiers walk past a fire in a field during a mission. Protestors march in China. A soldier reads his letter from home. A military helicopter flies overhead. At Tiananmen Square, a young man climbs onto the tank. Police officers push the crowd further back.

Back in black-and-white, several fans carry a Scorpions banner.

In color, an Exxon-Valdez tanker spills oil in the sea. A woman captured by soldiers puts her head down. The band walks in Moscow, flanked by security and a throng of fans. The band plays at the Moscow Music Peace Festival. Pope John Paul II meets then Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Back in black-and-white, male fans sing along. Herman stretches to clang on the drums.

In color, the Berlin Wall has become graffitied. A man on top of it begins to cut into the brick. People celebrate with some drinks in some styrofoam cups. A section of the walls disintegrates in 1990. A sailor hugs his girlfriend. A fan holds up their lighter.

Over a part of the Earth, Sally Ride says “when you look at it from up here, you have an appreciation that our world is a beautiful place and we really do need to take care of it.” A keyhole covers the earth and a woman peers into it.

Rating: 4/5

On November 9, 1989 according to History.com, an announcement was made to the citizens of Germany. They could cross the wall starting at midnight. The Cold War was over.

In 1952, visits had been allowed. However, the thousands of refugees leaving East Germany led to the borders being closed off by the Soviet government. Barbed wire was added as well as attack dogs to deter people from going over the wall. In total, 171 died from  as they tried to get around it, according to History.com.

Klaus. Rudolf, Mattias, Francis and Herman had grown up with a divided Germany. Family members had to have permits and be prepared at every checkpoint. There was no room for error. One small mistake could cause them to be turned away. However, the visit had to be cleared by the government. With each passing year, the restrictions became strict as people found ways around the wall. They had heard stories of friends who hadn’t seen each other since 1952. Some family members had mourn their relatives from a distance.

As a band into their 40s, they breathed a sigh of relief as they crossed over the wall on November 9, 1989. They saw people shred their passports and hug lost long friends. They were finally to see Berlin. However, the recession on the West had left many of the stores and places they heard about as children closed. The buildings had become rundown. It was a moment they had wished for their entire lives. They hug one another, thinking of family members who dreamed of being able to come back to their homes.

Director: Wayne Isham Year: 1991

 

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