Posted by: ckckred | May 23, 2017

Decades Blogathon — Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (1927)

My contribution for the 2017 edition of the Decades Blogathon. Special thanks to both Tom and Mark for hosting me.

Thomas J

Here we are in the penultimate day in the 2017 edition of the Decades Blogathon. It’s been a really fun one to co-host yet again with the sterling Mark from Three Rows Back. With any luck this is a trend that will continue, it’s just so great having the contributions we’ve had three years in a row. So with that, I’d like to clear the floor for the featured reviewer of today — Charles from the wonderful blog, Cinematic. Please do check out his site if you have some time. 


Although cinema has always been continuously evolving since its inception, 1927 is perhaps the critical turning point in film. That year saw the debut of The Jazz Singer, the first major “talkie” that led to silent cinema’s decline and introduced the concept of spoken dialogue to the screen. 1927 also greeted audiences with the inceptions of F.W…

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  1. How awesome you picked this gem! It’s beautifully done and the soundtrack perfect. I watched it last year and thought it was revealing of how Germany in the Weimar Republic was showcasing the efficiency and work ethic of German culture. Fab pick.

    • Thanks! I too watched it for the first time last year and it still is quite a revolutionary film; it may be the first major movie to bring the notion of the Soviet montage to western filmmaking. It also works well as a remnant of the Weimar Republic and in some parts is quite haunting in its innocent portrayal of a pre-Third Reich Germany…

  2. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Definitely going to try get hold of it – looks interesting. Awesome post!

    • Thanks, definitely check it out. A great film for sure…

  3. A belated thanks mate – this was a cracking piece 🙂

    • Thanks Mark, always happy to contribute.


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