Berlin: symphony of a great city
Special film screenings
Dir: Walther Ruttmann 1927 (Germany) 65 minutes 35mm black & white, silent
Essentially a feature-length visual poem, this 1927 film from director Walter Ruttmann follows the life and rhythm of the metropolis of Berlin from dawn to midnight. An early morning train speeds through the countryside; workers make their way to the city; the streets are cleaned; businesses open; children attend school; construction workers toil. Ruttmann captures Berliners hard at work by day and enjoying boisterous nightlife. He said of the film in 1928, ‘Since I began in the cinema, I had the idea of making something out of life, of creating a symphonic film out of the millions of energies that comprise the life of a big city’.
The film will screen with a live jazz score by the celebrated Australian composer and pianist Stu Hunter, who will be joined on stage by a talented gathering of musicians.
Part of Berlin Sydney, a series of programs inspired by 1920s Berlin
In association with
Friday 2 September & Saturday 3 September 2011, 6.30–8.30pm
Full price $65
Book online, below
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
Price includes a glass of wine after the performance and a ticket to the exhibition.
Note: screenings will be held on 2 and 3 September, not 1 and 2 September as advertised in some Berlin Sydney programs.
Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Related exhibition: The mad square: modernity in German art 1910–37