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“In keeping with the “Neues Bauen” of the 1920s, the modernization of the European metropolis after 1945 aimed to create better living conditions for the working population. Housing space was in short supply everywhere. Industrial mass production and consumer culture confronted people and their social relationships with enormous changes. The medium of film served as a means both to promote the urban and transportation models “of tomorrow,” and to lend expression to critiques of the rationalization of everyday life. This selection of documentary and experimental short films offers a unique historical glimpse into the controversy over the modern city.”