Berlin Symphony of a City

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1 Will Roper HIST 210 Berlin: Symphony of a City Walter’s Ruttman’s “Berlin: Symphony of City” is a silent film from the 20s which shows many different aspects of the city. I admit that at first I did not think much of the film, but as it continued I started to appreciate its historic value. It has some very valuable images as it shows a real look into what many aspects of life were like in Berlin during the early part of the twentieth century. This is an especially interesting period as it is during the time of city population explosions and modernization and all of the good and bad things that come with them. The dichotomy between rich and poor was conveyed throughout the movie.
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Unformatted text preview: A scene showing the rich and glamorous eating lobster and other fine cuisine would quickly cut to the poor, dirty, hungry population eating whatever was available. The transition to automotive transportation seemed to be a tough one for both driver and pedestrian alike. Running across several lanes of oncoming traffic seemed to be the only way to cross the street in Berlin at the time. This was peculiar and even humorous to us in today’s society, but once again this provides insight into what a change the city was experiencing as automotive cars were introduced....
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