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The City Symphony as documentary

by Kate Fortmueller

During the late 1920s, the city was a source of fear and fascination. Filmmakers around the world made films documenting the rhythms and qualities of cities like New York (in Manhatta and 24 Dollar Island) and Amsterdam (Rain). What kind of portrait does Ruttman paint of Berlin? How does this film differ from other city symphonies?

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City is Walter Ruttman's portrait of interwar Berlin.

from Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)
Creator: Walter Ruttman
Distributor: Image Entertainment
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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