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City Symphonies

City Symphonies

LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF

Thom Andersen United States, 2003

Both a moving homage to his adopted hometown and an insightful work of film criticism, essayist and professor Thom Andersen has made a wide-ranging epic that explores how the City of Angels has been used in TV and cinema in the 20th century. Featuring clips from more than 200 LA-set films!

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BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY

Walter Ruttmann Germany, 1927

With a storytelling style influenced by Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, Walter Ruttman’s ruminative film (a.k.a. “Symphony of a Metropolis”) provides a unique view of Berlin, capturing an erstwhile era and a specifically meaningful moment in time, just before the beginning of World War II.

THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO

João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues Portugal, 2012

Evocatively remixing the essay film as a thriller, Portuguese auteurs João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata honor the gambling capital of the world with this oneiric trip. Macao is expressed here as if it were inside of a hazy, unforgettable dream reckoning with the shadow of colonialism.