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'BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY'
A dawn to dusk portrait of 1920s’ Berlin, combining documentary, abstract and lyrical imagery. With Karl Freund's masterly camerawork and the film's assured editing, BERLIN was hugely successful on its release in 1927, and that rarity - a film both popular and avant-garde. The music for 'Berlin: Symphony of a Great City' follows the film's five acts with the classic genre of the daily diary of a city, established at this time by directors such as Rutmann and Vertov. Following the pace and dazzle of the editing, the music responds to the human curiosity and the wonder of how we find ourselves in this chaotic world. With a mixture of scored and improvised music Kopinski and Iliffe's REFLEKTOR moves from the rhythmic to the abstract with grace and danger. BERLIN ... contains moments of poetry that have seldom been equalled. Jan Kopinski's live accompaniment to EARTH (1930) by Ukrainian director Dovzhenko