Film still from <em>Berlin-Symphony of a Great City</em>. Image courtesy of Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Film still from Berlin-Symphony of a Great City. Image courtesy of Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Berlin - Symphony of a Great City

  • Sun 29 Jul 2018
  • 4—5:25PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry
  • All welcome
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rated exempt

This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night.

Walter Ruttmann’s “Berlin: Symphony of a Great City” is an important piece of non-narrative experimental cinema. It became the blue print for documentary filmmaking technique.

Within the city symphony, the main characters are the city’s inhabitants, the sets are buildings, streets, sidewalks, and all other natural and industrial points of the city. It is a form of realism at it’s purest as conceived through formalist techniques. It combines documentary with filmic manipulation to bring about a synthesis of a city’s life from dawn to dusk on any given day.

DE, 1927, Black and White, 74 min., Rated Exempt, Walter Ruttmann

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Film poster from <em>Berlin-Symphony of a Great City</em>. Image courtesy of Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Film poster from Berlin-Symphony of a Great City. Image courtesy of Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Film still from <em>Berlin-Symphony of a Great City</em>. Image courtesy of Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Film still from Berlin-Symphony of a Great City. Image courtesy of Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

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