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Symphony of Now (2018)

A cinematic love letter, a hidden perspective of Berlin by night. Different artists unite to declare their love to the city and our time, in a re-imagination of the silent film classic 'Berlin - Symphony of a Great City'. A vision of remarkable filmmakers and renowned musicians from the electronic music scene, such as Frank Wiedemann (Ame), Modeselektor, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Gudrun Gut, Samon ... See full summary »

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A cinematic love letter, a hidden perspective of Berlin by night. Different artists unite to declare their love to the city and our time, in a re-imagination of the silent film classic 'Berlin - Symphony of a Great City'. A vision of remarkable filmmakers and renowned musicians from the electronic music scene, such as Frank Wiedemann (Ame), Modeselektor, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Gudrun Gut, Samon Kawamura.

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A modern classic.
8 August 2018 | by filmforever_42See all my reviews

Saw this film at a screening in Berlin and was overwhelmed! I was raised here and been living here ever-since, and of course, I'm aware that Symphony of Now is not showing ALL facets of Berlin (which would be impossible for any film anyway). This intimate, very personal perspective on Berlin really got me hooked. Unlike the 1927 silent film classic 'Berlin-Symphony of a Great City', to which Symphony of Now is referencing, the filmmakers focus less on the city as an urban body itself, but more on the humans of Berlin. This seems to open up a new realm of questions about the pleasures, and also the struggles of modern urban life, which seems relevant also to people's situations in many other cities around the world: the tensions and often dilemmas, to name a few, between culture and escapism, neatness and ruggedness, old and young/new, past, present and future, vivid social life and solitude, responsibility and laissez-faire.... The soundtrack is fantastic, too - a timeless piece! I can imagine very well that the perception of Symphony of Now will also change with time, and that makes it even more interesting: The film depicts a part of life Berlin 'in the now', but that particular atmosphere might be gone in 10 years. So watching the film then might feel like looking into a time capsule. Time will tell if once Symphony of Now will become a classic like 'Berlin-Symphony of a Great City' - which, by the way, was slammed by critics and the audience back then, and became a classic as time passed.


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