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!
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.
The footage is undoubtedly magnificent. Contemporary viewer may, though, find some parts a tad 'boring' or tiring to watch (I would compare this experience with classical music, to fully appreciate it one should be synched and not distracted. This could be my recommendation too).
Lovely. A time capsule glimpse into a city and its culture in long ago moments. Nicely shot and edited, with some striking images. It saddens me to know that so much of what we see here soon was to be destroyed by World War Two. Modernity & mass culture in their early stages, still recognizable.
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.
About half-way through the film a concerned-looking woman standing on the street has her hair ruffled by the rising wind. It's at this point you realise both how natural and unusual that looks. It embodies the tension between spontaneity and orchestration in a film that still looks as fresh as it must have in 1927.
The critic at the time was that it is just a random bunch of little video snippets strung together by music, but to me it was interesting for three reasons: 1. The symbiosis of music and film 2. The glimpse into a the daily life in Berlin from the 1920s 3. And the way the clips are put together felt like they told a little story Follow me on Twitter @talkmovies2me Or on Letterboxd: letterboxd.com/criptictoumor/