The City Symphony Phenomenon: Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars

1st Edition

Steven Jacobs, Eva Hielscher, Anthony Kinik

Routledge
Published August 30, 2018
Reference - 342 Pages - 44 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138665279 - CAT# Y230220
Series: AFI Film Readers

USD$150.00

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Summary

The 1920s and 1930s saw the rise of the city symphony, an experimental film form that presented the city as protagonist instead of mere decor. Combining experimental, documentary, and narrative practices, these films were marked by a high level of abstraction reminiscent of high-modernist experiments in painting and photography. Moreover, interwar city symphonies presented a highly fragmented, oftentimes kaleidoscopic sense of modern life, and they organized their urban-industrial images through rhythmic and associative montage that evoke musical structures. In this comprehensive volume, contributors consider the full 80 film corpus, from Manhatta and Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt to lesser-known cinematic explorations.

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