Film screening Berlin, Symphony of the City

Berlin, die Symphonie der Großstadt © film & kunst GmbH

Thu, 05.09.2019


Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

Straight out of Berlin - Film festival

Director: Walther Ruttmann
Silent Movie, Germany, 1927
65 min.
Music by Edmund Meisel

The documentary “Berlin, Symphony of the City” is one of the most famous silent classics from Germany. The film shows a day in the life of the city, from the empty streets in the morning to the hectic pace of the day and the pleasures of the evening, telling of workers, employees and schoolchildren, commercial councillors, mannequins and beggars. Of cars, trams and trains, love, marriage and death, slaughterhouse, Wannsee and zoo. From the rhythm of the big city with all its contrasts.
With his colored short film experiments and commercials, Walther Ruttmann created the world's first abstract animated films in the early 1920s. He was a pioneer of modern multimedia art. The travelogue “Melodie der Welt” became the first German sound feature film. With the radio play “Weekend” Ruttmann created the first “In der Nacht” transforms music to images and is a prototype of modern music videos.

Watch the trailer of “Berlin, Symphony of the City”