Lost & Found at the Movies: Los Angeles, Symphonies of a City
Show notes for Los Angeles, Symphonies of a City:
Opening segment on city symphony films:
Manhatta (1921, Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler)
Berlin, Symphony of Great City (1927, Walter Ruttman)
Regen / Rain (1929, Joris Ivens)
Part 1. Symphony of a Los Symphony
John Bengtson has written several books (Silent Echoes, Silent Traces, Silent Visions) and an expansive blog (https://silentlocations.com/author/johnbengtson/) about discovering shooting locations of silent era films.
Clips from the Symphony of a Lost City pieces came from numerous period films and archive materials. Special Thanks:
“Construction of Los Angeles City Hall” Courtesy of the Newcomb Condee Collection at the Academy Film Archive
“Tour of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company” Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company Records (Collection 1434). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
“Hollywood Movieland of the World” Courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive
Prelinger Archives. https://archive.org/details/prelinger
The music was from Timothy Brock’s score for Modern Times (Timothy Brock). Also the original score from Sunrise
Part 2: A Tale of Two Cities
Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner. Paul M. Sammon.
Film Architecture: From Metropolis to Blade Runner. Ed. Dietrich Neumann
LAist magazine conducted an oral history (https://laist.com/news/entertainment/blade-runner-november-2019-los-angeles-future-is-here) of Blade Runner:
American Cinematographer article (https://ascmag.com/articles/blade-runner-set-design) on the design elements
Part 3: Summer in the City
Summertime will be released July 9th – information can be found here.
The book of poetry that accompanies the films can be found here.
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