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The City Symphony Phenomenon

Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars

The City Symphony Phenomenon by Steven Jacobs
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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.
Taylor and Francis; July 2018
342 pages; ISBN 9781317215578
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Title: The City Symphony Phenomenon
Author: Steven Jacobs; Eva Hielscher; Anthony Kinik
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