Monday, September 22, 2008

Seven City Symphonies (1921-1931)

One of the projects I'm working on involves crowdsourcing video clips to construct a database for a "recombinant city symphony." I thought it would be useful to go back and look at some of the classics of the genre as touchstones for tone and structure. Viz:

Paul Strand, Manhatta (1921)
René Clair, Paris qui dort (1925)
Walter Ruttman, Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)
Joris Ivens, Regen (1929)
Dziga Vertov, Man With A Movie Camera (1929)
Jean Vigo, Apropos de Nice (1930)
Jay Leyda, A Bronx Morning (1931)

Edit: Added Manhatta by Paul Strand.

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