City symphony  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

A city symphony is a avantgarde documentary film about life in the metropolis. Its subjects included New York, Paris, Nice and Berlin.

The films are often poetic in their realism. The directors wish to capture life in the big city via the camera. Emphasis is on the dynamics of speed, the modern way of life and the unavoidable fragmentation of existence.

These films often have a unity of space and time. They show for example 24 hours in a city.

A selction of directors and films

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