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Die moderne Stadt: Film essays on the new urbanity of the 1950s and 60s. Edited by Ralph Eue and Florian Wüst

Die moderne Stadt

Omslag: "Die moderne Stadt"

In keeping with the “Neues Bauen” of the 1920s, the modernisation 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.

  • En dag i staden (A Day in the City), Pontus Hultén & Hans Nordenström, Sweden 1956, 19 min
  • Für einen Platz an der Sonne (For a Place in the Sun), Rudi Hornecker, West Germany 1959, 10 min
  • Die Stadt (The City), Herbert Vesely, West Germany 1960, 36 min
  • Bau 60 (Building 60), Dieter Lemmel, West Germany 1961, 12 min
  • Bag de ens facader (Behind the same façades), Peter Weiss, Denmark 1961, 27 min
  • Die gemordete Stadt (The Murdered City), Manfred Durniok, West Germany 1965, 40 min
  • Bonus: Die Stadt von Morgen – Ein Film vom Städtebau (The City of Tomorrow: a film on city planning), Maximilian von Goldbeck & Erich Kotzer, Germany 1930, 33 min

In cooperation with:
Goethe-Institut, KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Supported by:
Danish Film Institute, Deutsche Kinemathek, Filmform