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City Symphonies

by Kate Fortmueller

As Eric Barnouw discusses in Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film, there are a number of films that fall under the "city symphony" category. These films, like Skyscraper Symphony, focus on architecture, patterns, and rhythms of modern urban life. The rhythms of modernity are revealed not only by the movement within the frame, but also by the editing.

Skyscraper Symphony

Skyscraper Symphony is a montage of Manhattan architecture.

from Skyscraper Symphony (1929)
Creator: Robert Florey
Distributor: National Film Preservation Foundation
Posted by Kate Fortmueller