Friday, September 23, 2005

Repertory watch/Berlin.Symphony of a City

Berlin, Symphony of a City

Early cinema and montage film fans are in for a treat this weekend. The Barbican will screen on Sunday (25/9) at 4pm Walther Ruttmann's Berlin Symphony of a City (Berlin. Die Sinfonie der Grossstadt), which created the template for films that use speed and build-up techniques to create a sense of movement and depict the kinetic life a city. The film shows the motion of the metropolis from morning until midnight, starting from its awakening, the crowds of workers at train stations (a motif that was very much in vogue at the beginning of last century), city dwellers and the morphing of sun-lit urban space into the artificially-lit theatrical universe of the city at night.

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