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En dag i staden
Pontus Hultén & Hans Nordenström

A Day in the City is an urban symphony about the city and specifically about Stockholm in the fifties. Hultén has constructed a collage of images on the basis of the aesthetics of silent film and the montage technique of Vertov and Ruttman. The catalogue of Arbetsgruppen för film of 1971 described the film as the story of ‘the individualist moving through the incomprehensible city’. A Day in the City moves between pure experimentation and humorous touches, poking fun at the labyrinths of bureaucracy. The fundamental feature of the film is, however, the ‘joy of discovery inherant in the medium’, through which new filmic possibilities are explored.

English title A Day in the City
Keywords Architecture
Aspect ratio 1.37:1 (Academy)
Prod. format Generic film & 35mm & 16mm
Duration 00:19:00
Language English & Swedish
Color BW
Sound Mono
Year 1956
In text Nära ögat
Latest screening Apr 20, 2023
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About the artists

Pontus Hultén

Pontus Hultén

1924-2006. Art-Historian. Former director of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and Palazzo Grasso, Venice.

Hans Nordenström

1927-2004. Professor in Design Methodology and Architecture, Gothenburg.