Rest in peace, Lou Reed.

Here’s the legend himself, appearing in Wim Wenders’ film Faraway So Close, the sequel to my favorite film, Wings of Desire. In this scene, a fallen angel named Cassiel wanders into a club where Reed is performing the song “Why Can’t I Be Good?” Cassiel’s played by Otto Sanders, whose passing I noted here just a few months ago.

Here’s another clip from that film.

UPDATE: If there’s anybody out there wondering “What’s the big deal?” … read Sasha Frere-Jones’ remembrance of Reed at The New Yorker

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