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

New York

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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24 hours in Paris 1926

Come and visit Amsterdam on a rainy day in 1929.

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City Symphony – Sunday in Berlin 1930

Berlin

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

Come and visit Amsterdam on a rainy day in 1929.

Manhatta, 1921, re-visited

City Symphony of the Douro river

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City Symphony of the Douro river

river douro

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

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24 hours in Paris 1926

Paris

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

Mary Quant

If you enjoyed

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.

Amsterdam

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!

Radio Times

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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