Night Owl

Berlin Symphony Of A Great City

Viewed: 13 March 2005
Directed by: Walter Ruttmann
Listed in: Movies, Netflix

This day in the life of Berlin, circa 1927, is highly innovative for its time. The excellent editing in the first three acts prevents it from suffering from its total commitment to montage. The City is presented as a complete living organism. The film seems to take extra care in showing the systems behind the scenes; the sewers, telephone exchanges and power plants. The organized chaos of the commute, the release of lunchtime, the crazy nightlife, the hypnotic repetition of modern manufacturing, it tries to chronicle them all. The result is something not so much about Berlin as it is about the life of the City, its faults and triumphs.

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