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Karl Freund (screenplay)
Carl Mayer (idea)
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Release Date:
13 May 1928 (USA) See more »
This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)
Paul von Hindenburg ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Ruttmann  (as Walther Ruttmann)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karl Freund  screenplay
Carl Mayer  idea
Walter Ruttmann  screenplay (as Walther Ruttmann)

Produced by
Karl Freund .... producer
Original Music by
Edmund Meisel 
Cinematography by
Robert Baberske 
Reimar Kuntze 
László Schäffer  (as Laszlo Schäffer)
Karl Freund (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Walter Ruttmann (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Erich Kettelhut (uncredited)
Production Management
Karl Freund .... production supervisor
Music Department
Frank Strobel .... conductor

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Also Known As:
"Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt" - Germany (original title)
"Berlin: A Symphony of a Big City" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
"Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis" - USA
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65 min | Finland:79 min | Germany:74 min (restored version)
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After showing the movie, Arte TV showed three short trick films previously made by director Walter Ruttmann, whose motives had been used as transitions in the movie (air date: 1 Dec 2007).See more »
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Featured in Lulu in Berlin (1984)See more »


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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Not a wasted frame., 7 November 1998
Author: Michael Miley from New Orleans, LA

Ruttman's film is a spellbinding tour-de-force in photography, managing to dazzle the viewer with each shot. Not a frame is wasted in this, the most photographically influential film ever.

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