"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.