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City Symphonies: World City In Its Teens. A Report On Chicago

01/19/19 | 4;30 pm

Anthology Film Archives

32 2nd Ave Map

212-505-5181


19-01-2019 12:00:00 19-01-2019 12:00:00 America/New_York City Symphonies: World City In Its Teens. A Report On Chicago | 4;30 pm "In the spring and summer of 1931, German writer, traveler, photographer, and filmmaker Heinrich Hauser (1901–55) made a trip by car through the American Midwest, with Chicago as his main destination. This voyage resulted in a book, 'Dirt Tracks to Chicago,' and a silent 'city' film, WORLD CITY IN ITS TEENS. Whereas the book covers his entire journey, Hauser's film concentrates on Chicago, with its skyline, skyscrapers, motorized traffic, local industries, labor, mechanized production, and places for leisure. […] Though Hauser considered Chicago to be 'the most beautiful city in the world,' his city symphony is notable for its critique of the modern American city, and of the United States in general. Particularly in the film's fourth section, Hauser shows the negative sides of the metropolis and the effects of mechanized production and rationalized labor: unemployment, poverty, alcoholism, and crime. His Chicago city symphony alternates between fascination and fear, curiosity and critique, enthusiasm and reservation." –Eva Hielscher, THE CITY SYMPHONY PHENOMENON http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=348573 Anthology Film Archives Anthology Film Archives

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"In the spring and summer of 1931, German writer, traveler, photographer, and filmmaker Heinrich Hauser (1901–55) made a trip by car through the American Midwest, with Chicago as his main destination. This voyage resulted in a book, 'Dirt Tracks to Chicago,' and a silent 'city' film, WORLD CITY IN ITS TEENS. Whereas the book covers his entire journey, Hauser's film concentrates on Chicago, with its skyline, skyscrapers, motorized traffic, local industries, labor, mechanized production, and places for leisure. […] Though Hauser considered Chicago to be 'the most beautiful city in the world,' his city symphony is notable for its critique of the modern American city, and of the United States in general. Particularly in the film's fourth section, Hauser shows the negative sides of the metropolis and the effects of mechanized production and rationalized labor: unemployment, poverty, alcoholism, and crime. His Chicago city symphony alternates between fascination and fear, curiosity and critique, enthusiasm and reservation." –Eva Hielscher, THE CITY SYMPHONY PHENOMENON

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