A train speeds through the country on its way to Berlin. It is very early in the morning, and the great city is mostly quiet. But before long there are some signs of activity. It’s just a typical day in Berlin, but a day full of life and energy.
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Fascinating film chronicling a day and night in the life of a city; namely Berlin 1920's. Every facet is equally important here and the film doesn't get dated by politics or social norms. Instead we have a well edited, though some likely staging, document from morning to late night; the early morning production, the workplace, the hustle of the city, the night life, et al. A document of a time that stands apt.
This is a timeless study of different movements and shapes - but also an intriguing portrait of Berlin in the late 1920s. Although I prefer the 2014 restored version with the original music by Edmund Meisel, Timothy Brock's score in this 1993 version is very good, providing the pictures with a suitable atmospheric background (although the orchestra sometimes plays bad).
A day in Berlin in 1926. No matter how heartfelt and optimistic some parts of the film are, with the knowledge of history, I can't stop seeing this film as a moment of calm before the storm. A last moment of happy living (it ain't paradise though). I love that this film doesn't require spoken or written language to communicate. Yes, I know it is a 1927 mute documentary but you can visually see the heart of the city.
nice documentary, although i found myself neither a winner nor a loser. not being a guru of similar movies i would rather recommend dziga vertov's "man with a movie camera" and cinematic orchestra score.
A perfect symbiosis between sound and image, this fascinating portrait of a city and its' people during a day in the late 1920s provides the viewer with many worth-remembering impressions. The editing is very fast and surprisingly modern and the focus on the working class is one additional plus point. Being an inspiration for the later "Qatsi Trilogy", this film is a must for anyone interested with urban culture.
Quintessential celebration of the metropolis as the locus of speed, freedom, differentiation, inequality and, generally, of an urban mosaic where every slice of life contains, in principle, a window to totality. Episodic in narrative structure it extends its themes from industrial labor, family life, leisure, social pathology, sexual morals to the dawning art of cinema. A fin de siècle modern symphony!