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Berlin ReplayedCinema and Urban Nostalgia in the Postwall Era$
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Brigitta B. Wagner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816691715

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816691715.001.0001

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Berlin Symphonies and the Myth of the Weltstadt

(p.23) 1 Remake
Berlin Replayed

Brigitta B. Wagner

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines Walter Ruttmann’s Berlin. Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (1927) as the foundational cinematic origin for the city’s interwar and postwar image and explores its relation to Thomas Schadt’s 2002 remake, Berlin: Sinfonie einer Großstadt, conspicuously timed to coincide with the early years of the New Berlin. One of the pillars of the film’s medium specific argumentation, the chapter also considers what it means to have moving images stand in for a lost place and how the photochemical origins (cinematographic indexicality) of the images come to elicit longing.

Keywords:   Walter Ruttmann, Berlin film, Postwar image, Thomas Schadr, New Berlin, Cinematographic indexicality, Urban nostalgia

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