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The Wonders Of City Streets

The wonders of city streets

Production still from Berlin: Symphony of a City

Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (Berlin: Symphony of a City) 1927 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT (LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT), 65 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN INTERTITLES (LIVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: WALTER RUTTMANN / SCRIPT: KARL FREUND, WALTHER RUTTMANN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ROBERT BABERSKE, REIMAR KUNTZE, LASZLOE SCHAEFFER / PRODUCTION CO: FOX-EUROPA-PRODUKTION, DEUTSCHE VEREINS-FILM / PRINT SOURCE: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE / RIGHTS: EVA RIEHL

A documentary fashioned by Walter Ruttmann, Carl Mayer, and Karl Freund, three great filmmakers trained in the German avant garde and commercial cinema. Together they portray a vast cross section of life in Berlin edited around rigorous musical principles, popularising Dziga Vertov’s kino-eye technique.

Wed 15 Oct 4.00pm / Cinema A

Production still from Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 95 MINUTES, USA, NO DIALOGUE / DIRECTOR: FRIEDRICH WILHELM MURNAU / SCRIPT: CARL MAYER / ORIGINAL STORY: HERMANN SUDERMANN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: CHARLES ROSHER, KARL STRUSS / EDITOR: HAROLD D. SCHUSTER / PRODUCTION CO: FOX FILM CORPORATION / PRINT SOURCE: HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS / RIGHTS: FOX

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s American masterpiece was written while the director was still in Germany. It is set in a city a world away, just across the lake. America’s sweetheart couple, George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor, are caught in medias infidelity. Murderous Gothic-like depression gives way to a redemptive day in the city.

Fri 7 Nov 8.00pm / Cinema A

Production still from Asphalt

Asphalt 1929 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT (LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT), 90 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN INTERTITLES (LIVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: JOE MAY / SCRIPT: JOE MAY, HANS SZÉKELY, ROLF E VANLOO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: GUENTHER RITTAU / PRODUCTION CO: UNIVERSUM-FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: TRANSIT FILM GMBH

Universum-Film’s last silent movie and a doozie. A Berlin cop gets mixed up with the female jewel thief he has come to arrest. But sleaze gets the Universum-Film colossal treatment: spectacular studio recreations of city streets, costumes by Rene Hubert, bravura camera techniques, and the intriguing Louise Brooks wannabe, Betty Aman.

Wed 29 Oct 4.00pm / Cinema A

                 

Production still from Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge 1928 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT (LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT), 90 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR / SCRIPT: EWALD ANDRÉ DUPONT / CINEMATOGRAPHER: WERNER BRANDES / PRODUCTION CO: BRITISH INTERNATIONAL PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE / RIGHTS: TAMASA DISTRIBUTION

Following the success of Variety, Ewald André Dupont left Germany for England and brought with him all the lush, intricate artistry of the German studios. Shot partly in Paris at the Casino de Paris, Moulin Rouge involves a youngster who grows infatuated with a Moulin Rouge star ― the mother of his fiancee. 

Sat 1 Nov 1.00pm / Cinema A

Production still from People on Sunday

Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday) 1929 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT (LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT), 73 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN INTERTITLES (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTORS: ROBERT SIODMAK, EDGAR G ULMER / SCRIPT: BILLY WILDER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: EUGEN SCHÜFFTAN / EDITOR: ROBERT SIODMAK / PRODUCTION CO: IDEAL FILM AG / PRINT SOURCE: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE / RIGHTS: PRAESENS FILM

The astonishing first film by several artists who were soon to become Berlin exiles, including Robert Siodmak, Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann, Eugen Schüfftan, and Edgar Ulmer. A sardonic, witty view of how the working class spends its leisure time, swimming, snoozing, and flirting.

Thu 23 Oct 3.00pm / Cinema A

Production still from Piccadilly

Piccadilly 1929 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT / MONO, 109 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: EWALD ANDRÉ DUPONT / SCRIPT: ARNOLD BENNETT / CINEMATOGRAPHER: WERNER BRANDES / EDITOR: J.W. MCCONAUGHTY / PRODUCTION CO: BRITISH INTERNATIONAL PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

A fine old-fashioned murder mystery with clever twists enhanced by flamboyant camera style. In a studio-built Chinatown, Anna May Wong subtly seethes as a woman caught between East and West in a murder plot, matching wits with Charles Laughton and Cyril Ritchard.

Sat 1 Nov 3.00pm / Cinema A

Production still from Wings of Desire

Der Himmel Über Berlin (Wings of Desire) 1988 PG
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOUR, DOLBY, 130 MINUTES, GERMANY / FRANCE, GERMAN / ENGLISH / FRENCH / TURKISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: WIM WENDERS / SCRIPT: RICHARD REITINGER, PETER HANDKE, WIM WENDERS / CINEMATOGRAPHER: HENRI ALEKAN / EDITOR: PETER PRZYGODDA / PRODUCTION CO: ROAD MOVIES FILMPRODUKTION, ARGOS FILMS, WESTDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK (WDR) / PRINT SOURCE: GOETHE-INSTITUT / RIGHTS: TAMASA DISTRIBUTION

Two sombre angels troll Berlin, unseen but not entirely unnoticed. They cradle and comfort the afflicted, while the soundtrack buzzes with the collective stream-of-consciousness of the city. Among the mortals the angels encounter is a lovely, lonely trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin) for whom Bruno Ganz's angel finally falls.

Sun 9 Nov 3.00pm / Cinema A