Die Stadt der Millionen, 1925

city of millions

Also know as the City of Millions

The 85-minute film (1925) is the first full-length city portrait of Berlin and shows the everyday life in quite different quarters of the city: here in the middle-class and fashionable, there popularly and with a tendency to bourgeois cosiness. The Ufa film conveys the feeling of living in Berlin after the economic crisis of the mid-1920s.

Two years before Walther Ruttmann’s “Berlin. The Symphony of the Metropolis “from the year 1927” The city of the millions. A Life Image of Berlin “by Adolf Trotz, a Ufa culture film, which, due to its authentic pictorial material, is a valuable document of Berlin in the mid-1920s. The film takes the viewer to a highly interesting city tour and leads from fashionable shopping streets such as the Friedrichstraße and the Kurfürstendamm to more unknown quarters and corners.

For us today the film is a time journey into the undisturbed Berlin around the castle, the Tauentzienstrasse or the Potsdamer Platz. The film presents Berlin as a dynamic city and allows for the comparatively contemplative life in the 19th century in short passages. But also the future has its place in the short integrated animation film “Berlin in the year 2000” – “Metropolis” salutes. Vehicles play a big role: cars, cabins, subways. The camera photographed the people of the time – on the market, at work, at dancing, at the fairground, on Sunday at the sport.

The filming of the time also plays a role: the filmateliers in Tempelhof and Neubabelsberg, the cinemas in the city. A small excursion leads to Potsdam (Sanssouci) and the grave of Heinrich von Kleist. The split-screen technique increases the dynamics of the observed scenes and makes this city experience also a virtuoso cinematographic experience.

Director: Adolf Trotz
Writers: Willy Rath (concept), Emil Endres (concept)


Author: Old Boy

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