Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt - Pantalla Pavelló - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt – Pantalla Pavelló

Part of the film series PANTALLA PAVELLÓ curated by Celia Marín & Daniele Porretta. Projected directly on the travertine wall, Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt, a film by Walter Ruttman.

It took more than a year to shoot Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt with hidden cameras to achieve a more real and daily life effect. This allowed the film to transmit the industrial, chaotic and also innocent atmosphere of the city during those years. The film is one of the greatest exponents of the so-called Urban Symphonies made in the 20s and 30s, such as Man with a Movie Camera by Ziga Vertov or Marseille by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.

At the 1928 premiere the director said: “Since I started the film, I had the idea of doing something alive, creating a symphonic film about the great energy that the life of a big city comprises (…) During the editing it became clear how difficult it was to visualize the symphonic curve I had in mind. Many of the most beautiful photographs had to be discarded, because the aim was not to make a picture book, but rather something like the structure of a complex machine which can only work if even the smallest of its parts fits with maximum precision with the others“.

For this session we have an exclusive display and sound project by Rafael Fernández Cañete. Starting from the collection of articles written by Joseph Roth during the 20s about his life in Berlin, where he narrates his experience of the metropolis and its day to day, a journey in space and time has been built in which the pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929 serves as a connection node between what is seen and what is heard. Between the Berlin of the late 20s and today’s Berlin, and how its inhabitants dwell it.

Berlin: Die Symphonie der Großstadt, Walter Ruttmann, 1927, 72’

Direction & Screen Play: Walter Ruttmann

Production: Karl Freund

Photo: Reimar Kuntze, Robert Baberske, Läszlo Schäffer, Karl Freund




September 5 2016 at 21:30

Organised with

With the collaboration of:

Moritz Case bw



Mies van der Rohe Pavilion