City symphony films

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Berlin. Symphony of a Great City (1927)
  • directed by Walter Ruttmann, and co-written by Carl Mayer and Karl Freund. musical score to accompany the film was written by Edmund Meisel. [1]
Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
  • by Dziga Vertov [2]
Aimless Walk (1930)
  • by Alexander Hammid. first true Czech avant-garde film turns away from a purely celebratory approach to the city. The camera follows a detached protagonist on his wanderings, as his highly subjective journey becomes a fragmented visualization of urban landscapes. (35mm, silent, 20 mins.) [3] [4]
Nothing But Time (1926)
  • by Alberto Cavalcanti. life of Paris through one day in 45 minutes [5]
Manhatta (1921)
  • collaboration between painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand. The interspersed title cards include excerpts from Walt Whitman [6]
Regen (1929)
  • by Joris Ivens [7]


Geschichte der Nacht (1979)

by Clemens Klopfenstein (b. 1944), a black-and-white record of European cities in the dark (2-5am), from Basle to Belfast.[8]