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Berlin: Symphony of a Great City(Movie, 1927)

Original title: "Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt" (German/DE)
1h 9min | Genres: Documentary, History
Berlin: Symphony of a Great CityRating: 3.9/5 (with 22 votes)
Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis or Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (German: Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt) is a 1927 German silent film directed by Walter Ruttmann, co-written by Carl Mayer and Karl Freund. Composer Edmund Meisel was commissioned to write an orchestral score for its original release. The film is an example of the 'city symphony' film genre. It portrays the life of a city, mainly through visual impressions in a semi-documentary style, without the narrative content of more mainstream films, though the sequencing of events can imply a kind of loose theme or impression of the city's daily life. Other noted examples of the genre include Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand's Manhatta (1921), Alberto Cavalcanti's Rien que les heures (1926), Andre Sauvage's Etudes sur Paris (1928), Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera (1929), Adalberto Kemeny's São Paulo, Sinfonia da Metrópole (1929) and Alexandr Hackenschmied's Bezúčelná procházka (1930). This film represented a sort of break from Ruttmann's earlier "absolute films" which were abstract. Some of Vertov's earlier films have been cited as influential on Ruttmann's approach to this film, and it seems the filmmakers ... ()
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About Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

A train speeds through the country on its way to Berlin, then gradually slows down as it pulls into the station. It is very early in the morning, about 5:00 AM, and the great city is mostly quiet. But before long there are some signs of activity, and a few early risers are to be seen on the streets. Soon the new day is well underway. It's just a typical day in Berlin, but a day full of life and energy.


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Additional Information

Production country: Germany
Original language: German (DE)
Spoken languages: German (DE)
Translated into 8 languages: German (DE), English (EN), Spanish (ES), Hungarian (HU), Italian (IT), Dutch (NL), Swedish (SV), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Released
Release date US: 09/23/1927
Director: Walter Ruttmann
Producer: Karl Freund
Film Editor: Walter Ruttmann
Composer: Edmund Meisel
Alternative titles in other countries (from previews, ads etc.):
"Berlin – Die Sinfonie der Großstadt"
"Berlin, die Symphonie der Großstadt"
"Berlín, sinfonía de una ciudad"
"A Sinfonia de Uma Capital"
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color: Black & White (B/W)

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