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Eva Hielscher – City symphonies #PordenoneSilent

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What are “city symphony” films?

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Eva Hieschler, curator of the Other City Symphonies section of the 35th Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

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The city symphony film was a type of film that was made in the interwar years during the 20’s and 30’s. It was really a style that emerged during the silent era, but its influence on the cinematic language is unquestionable. To talk about it in more detail, we met with the curator of a section at the 35th Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Eva Hieschler, who is an expert on the topic.

The program, named Other City Symphonies (also because it is a follow up of the program presented at last year’s edition) because it highlights films that reveal that city symphonies were not only a European thing, aside from the fact that they are films that are rarely talked about, aside from the well-known masterpieces of the genre, such as Walter Ruttamnn’s Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927).

Aside from talking about some of the films in this year’s program, Eva discusses what it is that defines this type of film as well as what type of directors were making them.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Eva Hieschler
  • Interviewee role
    curator of the Other City Symphonies section
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