Prague 1934 #CitySymphonies

I was introduced to the concept of city symphonies a couple of years ago. This blogpost explains more.

“We Live in Prague” was filmed in 1934. Don’t be put off by the Keystone Cops style opening shots! The film includes some remarkable insights into the lives of ordinary people and some fascinating explorations of film techniques particularly night-time filming.

The film-makers are Joachim Barenz, Elke Kellermann and Jochen Wolf.

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Visit New York in 1911

Moving on from City Symphonies, I’m looking for more good quality city films. This film of New York in 1911 is amazing.

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City Symphony – Sunday in Berlin 1930

I’ve been pursuing an interest in City Symphonies guided by an article on the British Film Institute website.

People on Sunday was made in 1930 and is an early hybrid, in which the form of a city symphony is combined with a narrative about a group of friends in Berlin. As such, it marks the beginning of the end for the City Symphony genre, which was born in the 1920s and slowly disappeared in the following decade.

People on Sunday was made by Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer using a script by Billy Wilder. The film lasts for over an hour but there’s a six minute trailer on Youtube as well which gives a flavour of the film if you haven’t got time for the complete film.

6 Minute Trailer

Complete film

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24 hours in Paris 1926

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City Symphony of the Douro river

I’ve been pursuing an interest in City Symphonies guided by an article on the British Film Institute website.

Douro, Faina Fluvial (Labor on the Douro River)

is a 1931 Portuguese film

directed by Manoel de Oliveira.

The film is a portrait of de Oliveira’s hometown of Porto and the industry that takes place along the city’s Douro River.

The film was first shown at the International Congress of Film Critics in Lisbon on September 19, 1931. It didn’t play well with the audience, the majority of whom booed.

This clip of the second part of the film is interesting.

It’s a film of a screening of Douro, Faina Fluvial with a live orchestra playing the score. It appears to have been performed in 2014 and the composer and director of music is Dinis Rego.

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24 hours in Paris 1926

I’ve been looking at another City Symphony.

“Rien que les heures” was filmed by Alberto Cavalcanti in 1926.

The film shows daily life in Paris through twenty four hours in 45 minutes.

This post gives the background to my interest in this fascinating film form. 

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Swinging Sixties Icons

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Swinging 60s Models

and

Swinging Sixties fashion shows

you’ll probably like these films of Swinging Sixties icons too.

Mary Quant

Some rather odd footwear included in this collection along with the iconic flower logo.

Twiggy

Lots of big smiles from Twiggy and even more from Justin.

Julie Christie

The Oscar nominations are announced by Rex Harrison and Julie makes a tearful acceptance when she wins.

Jean Shrimpton

Jean talks to a tongue-tied TV interviewer who asks her what she thinks of Twiggy and if she’s too old at twenty three to be a fashion model.

Jean scandalises the matrons of Melbourne by appearing at the Races without a hat and wearing an above the knee skirt.

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne sings “As Tears Go By” and explains that she was asked to make the record because she had a face that would sell. She’s introduced by a very uptight Brian Epstein who had little talent as a TV presenter.

Lots more 60s Icons

Brigitte Bardot
Farrah Fawcett
Jane Asher
Goldie Hawn
Anita Pallenberg
Pattie Boyd
Jean Shrimpton
Maurren Cox
Ewa Aulin
Cynthia Powell
Marylin Monroe
Audrey Hepburn
Monica Vitti
Sophia Loren
Colleen Corby
Marianne Faithfull
Cilla Black
Linda McCartney
Mandy Weet
Sharon Tate

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Come and visit Amsterdam on a rainy day in 1929.

During my chemotherapy resting periods, I’m re-visiting City Symphonies.

Today it’s Regen (Rain) filmed in 1929 by Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens.

The film captures 1920’s Amsterdam before, during, and after a downpour.

The music is Hanns Eisler’s “14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben”, (Fourteen Ways of Describing the Rain) added to the film in 1941

The film lasts for a little over twelve minutes and has some lovely umbrella shots in the middle.

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Still room for improvement!

A couple of weeks ago, BBC Radio Times

displayed an appalling lack of gender balance in the photos selected for the two main slots on each day’s schedule.

If a picture paints 1000 words, BBC “Radio Times” still has a way to go!

The position was a bit better in the next edition of Radio Times.

Saturday Feb 17th

Pick of the Day 1 Male; 1 Female

2nd Slot 1 Male

Sunday Feb 18th

Pick of the Day 1 Female

2nd Slot Group: 2 Males; 1 Female

Monday Feb 19th

Pick of the Day 1 Male; 1 Female

2nd Slot Male

Tuesday Feb 20th

Pick of the Day Male

2nd Slot Female

Wednesday Feb 21st

Pick of the Day Male

2nd Slot Group: balanced male and female

Thursday Feb 22nd

Pick of the Day 2 Male; 2 Female

2nd Slot Female

Friday Feb 22nd

Pick of the Day Group: 3 Males; 1 Female

2nd Slot Male

A bit better…..

but still a way to go before there’s anything like real balance!

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Take a trip to the Riviera 1930s style

During my chemotherapy resting periods, I’m re-visiting City Symphonies.

Today, it’s  Jean Vigo’s A Propos de Nice 1930.

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Not making much progress with reading War and Peace

I’m not making much progress with attempting to read War and Peace for the umpteenth time.

This is for two reasons.

First,

I keep finding other books I’d prefer to read, notably Citizen Clem by John Bew which is absolutely brilliant and deserves all the accolades that have been heaped on it.

I keep going off at tangents to find out more about things that come up in the book. Yesterday I was looking up the WW1 Gallipolli campaign in which Attlee was a serving officer; Edward Bellamy’s 1887 novel “Looking Backwards” which appears to have influenced Attlee’s political thinking; and some of the WW1 poets as Attlee tried his hand at writing poetry in his early years and during his war service. I was reminded of studying the poems of Wilfred Owen for A level English Literature in the late 1960s and took a few minutes to visit some of them again. I learned Anthem for Doomed Youth off-by-heart and have never forgotten the opening lines:

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

I’m about halfway through Citizen Clem now and enjoying every page of the biography.

In recent months I’ve developed a taste for dystopian fiction especially Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Terry Tyler’s Project Renova series.  I love Terry Tyler novels and have read them all but was surprised when she moved into dystopian fiction for her new trilogy. What an achievement! She’s made a brilliant genre transition whilst retaining her distinctive author voice. The next book in the Project Renova series is to be published later in the year so, while waiting patiently for publication day of Book Three, I’ve been reading Active: Before joining the resistance you must first become active by Dan Hastings. The novel takes a number of present day issues and develops them further into a plausible, dystopian future set in 2030. The novel has many qualities of a thriller and the juxtaposition of the two genres makes for an interesting read.

I like Lynn Gerrard’s poetry and her third collection  Whisperings and Wonderings: The Grumblings of a Gargoyle is excellent. Many of the poems are dark and occasionally disturbing as the writer explores Death, Relationships and a little Philosophy. The collection is cleverly balanced with some lighter, humorous poems strategically placed to prevent the collection becoming depressing. I re-read the book earlier this week, dipping into the collection a few poems at a time and enjoying them  just as much in the second helping. I really liked both earlier collections of poems from Lynn Gerrard and this book is just as good. I understand a fourth collection is in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to reading it.

So, not much reading time for War and Peace! As the late, great Frank Zappa is reputed to have said: Too many books; not  enough time…..

….which leads me on to my

second

reason for not reading War and Peace.

I’ve watched the BBC adaptation of War and Peace on DVD. The fantastic James Norton, currently starring in the Sunday night drama, McMafia, plays Andrei Bolkonsky and he and the rest of the cast create excellent portrayals of the richly, complex characters. The settings and costumes are lavish and there are some graphic battle reconstructions. The series cracks along at a great pace packing all those thousands of words into just six episodes. It’s a real TV drama treat. Watching the TV version has helped with my struggle to remember the names of all the characters. Whether or not I’ll ever get into reading the novel in its entirety, I really can’t say. War and Peace remains open on my Kindle but I’ve a queue of other books to read after I’ve finished with Citizen Clem.

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