Film and music
Thomas Schadt: Berlin – Sinfonie einer Großstadt
In 1927 Walter Ruttmann made the silent film ”Berlin: – Sinfonie einer Großstadt”.The film was an avant garde, picture fantasy fascinated by technology that mirrored modern society’s pinacles of achievement. The music composed for the film is now lost along with the city it described: Berlin before the war.
In 2002 the project was ”repeated” by Thomas Schadt but even though the title, black and white format and concept are the same as the 1927 version it is a totally different film, not least because the city is quite literally different.
The film is shot through with an indescribable atmosphere of melancholy and quiet strength that is a striking beautiful and shamefully critical description of a unique city and its people. Put another way a strangely unsaid orbitting around the vulgar and the beautiful in modern life.
The music is written by Helmut Oehring and his regular assistent Iris ter Schiphorst: 90 minutes insistent and pumping orchestra music.
Lars Petter Hagen: Six portraitsHagen is amongst the most interesting young composers from the vibrant Norwegian composition scene. Six portraits plays with the form and clichés of the TV documentary but contributes a poetry that is foreign to this form. A strange mixture of banal nostalgia and ghostly mythology is created in the cross between the six singers stories and the ancient Greek lyrics that appear at the base of the picture. Six Portraits is quietly humouristic, ironic and dangerously honest. The piece (here in its edited TV version), lasts 20 minutes and is shown as a pre film before Berlin: Sinfonie einer Großstadt