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The other city symphony(-ies): THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS and the multiple cityscapes of Rotterdam

Eva Hielscher (UGent)
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In the interwar period the city symphony was a highly popular film form. Its most famous and well-researched examples, such as BERLIN – DIE SINFONIE DER GROSSTADT or MANHATTA, focused on the industrial metropolis. However, the phenomenon went beyond the metropolis by capturing mid-size cities such as Ostend, Nice or Rotterdam as well. This paper investigates how specific formal characteristics of the city symphony are applied to such mid-size cities by discussing DE STAD DIE NOOIT RUST (THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS, 1928), a film by Friedrich von Maydell and Andor von Barsy about Rotterdam and its harbour. The paper introduces the notion of the mid-size city and relates it to the city symphony features and modernity by analysing how these aspects come together in the Rotterdam film. In its final paragraph, the paper also deals with the issue of multiple versions since THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS existed and has survived in several variations. Since recently, this includes the premiere version from 1928 as well that has been reconstructed by EYE Film Institute Netherlands in 2010/2011. The different versions imply different cityscapes and consequently put anther layer to the study of the mid-size city symphony and the relationship between moving images and urban spaces.
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interwar period, Rotterdam, multiple versions, cityscape, mid-size city, city film, film, city symphonies

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Hielscher, Eva. 2013. “The Other City Symphony(-ies): THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS and the Multiple Cityscapes of Rotterdam.” In Conference Book - Inter[Sections] : a Conference on Architecture, City and Cinema, ed. Luis Urbano, 96–96. Porto, Portugal: AMDJAC.
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Hielscher, E. (2013). The other city symphony(-ies): THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS and the multiple cityscapes of Rotterdam. In Luis Urbano (Ed.), Conference Book - Inter[Sections] : a Conference on Architecture, City and Cinema (pp. 96–96). Presented at the Inter[Sections] : A Conference on Architecture, City and Cinema, Porto, Portugal: AMDJAC.
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Hielscher E. The other city symphony(-ies): THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS and the multiple cityscapes of Rotterdam. In: Urbano L, editor. Conference Book - Inter[Sections] : a Conference on Architecture, City and Cinema. Porto, Portugal: AMDJAC; 2013. p. 96–96.
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Hielscher, Eva. “The Other City Symphony(-ies): THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS and the Multiple Cityscapes of Rotterdam.” Conference Book - Inter[Sections] : a Conference on Architecture, City and Cinema. Ed. Luis Urbano. Porto, Portugal: AMDJAC, 2013. 96–96. Print.
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  abstract     = {In the interwar period the city symphony was a highly popular film form. Its most famous and well-researched examples, such as BERLIN – DIE SINFONIE DER GROSSTADT or MANHATTA, focused on the industrial metropolis. However, the phenomenon went beyond the metropolis by capturing mid-size cities such as Ostend, Nice or Rotterdam as well. This paper investigates how specific formal characteristics of the city symphony are applied to such mid-size cities by discussing DE STAD DIE NOOIT RUST (THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS, 1928), a film by Friedrich von Maydell and Andor von Barsy about Rotterdam and its harbour. The paper introduces the notion of the mid-size city and relates it to the city symphony features and modernity by analysing how these aspects come together in the Rotterdam film. In its final paragraph, the paper also deals with the issue of multiple versions since THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS existed and has survived in several variations. Since recently, this includes the premiere version from 1928 as well that has been reconstructed by EYE Film Institute Netherlands in 2010/2011. The different versions imply different cityscapes and consequently put anther layer to the study of the mid-size city symphony and the relationship between moving images and urban spaces.},
  author       = {Hielscher, Eva},
  booktitle    = {Conference Book - Inter[Sections] : a Conference on Architecture, City and Cinema},
  editor       = {Urbano, Luis},
  isbn         = {9789899849426},
  keywords     = {interwar period,Rotterdam,multiple versions,cityscape,mid-size city,city film,film,city symphonies},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Porto, Portugal},
  pages        = {96--96},
  publisher    = {AMDJAC},
  title        = {The other city symphony(-ies): THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS and the multiple cityscapes of Rotterdam},
  year         = {2013},
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