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Stenberg Brothers (Vladimir, 1899-1982; Georgi, 1900-1933)
Stenberg Brothers (Vladimir, 1899-1982; Georgi, 1900-1933)

SYMPHONY OF A BIG CITY

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Stenberg Brothers (Vladimir, 1899-1982; Georgi, 1900-1933)
SYMPHONY OF A BIG CITY
lithograph in colours, 1928, condition B/B-; backed on linen
42 x 27in. (106 x 70cm.)
Literature
Pack, p.39

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"Symphony of a Big City" portrays a day in Berlin via kaleidoscopic visual impressions, but without any lineal narrative content. Although a German film, the director, Walter Ruttmann, showed knowledge of Soviet montage theory. Ruttmann's own description of the film suggests that his motives were predominantly aesthetic: "Since I began in the cinema, I had the idea of making something out of life, of creating a symphonic film out of the millions of energies that comprise the life of a big city."
The film gained international praise and is now regarded as a unique 'time-capsule' of the city of Berlin in the mid to late 1920's before Nazi influence.
The Stenberg Brothers designed this poster for the Russian release of the film in 1928.
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