Item Details

Berlin, Symphony of a Great City

Walter Ruttmann; Ruttmann, Walter; Kanopy (Firm)
Format
Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
At once an invaluable photographic record of life in Weimer Berlin and a timeless demonstration of the cinema's ability to enthrall on a purely visceral level, Berlin, Symphony of a Great City (Berlin, die Symphonie der Grosstadt) offers a kaleidoscopic view of a single day in the life of a bustling metropolis. Carl Mayer (The Last Laugh), influenced by the naturalistic Kammerspiel movement, envisioned "a melody of pictures" sprung from daily reality instead of the stylized artificiality of the studio-bound expressionist film. Following Mayer's rough outline, photographer Karl Freund deployed a team of cameramen to explore the avenues, alleyways and factories of Berlin and secure hidden-camera glimpses of the people and machinery that provide the city with its constant motion. The many hours of footage were then edited into a series of five acts, like movements of a symphony, by Walther Ruttmann as a continuation of his experiments with abstract motion (see Opus I).
Director
Walter Ruttmann
Release Date
1922
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Flicker Alley in 1922.
Publisher no.
1158794 Kanopy
Related Resources
Cover Image
Description
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 73 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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