Until I saw this movie, I could never imagine a "visual symphony." This film is exactly that. The film brilliantly shows a day in Berlin in 1927 from such overwhelmingly different perspectives that you actually believe that you were there. This silent film -- without any written dialogue -- starts on a train moving quickly into Berlin in the early morning hours. The city is still dark and quiet, with few cats and dogs, and fewer people, about. Then, the city picks up its pace: children go to school; shopkeepers open their shops; factory machines start up. Through lunchtime, through the afternoon: one quick shot after another: newspaper headlines, shop windows, an anarchist on a platform, men and women, old and young. Into the evening -- the city slows down, but the nightlife picks up.
Berlin in 1927 would easily have been ranked one of the top five cities in the world. You get to see it before the Nazi era, and before much of it was destroyed in World War II. You simply cannot take your eyes off this film. The music only enhances the experience -- slow music for lunchtime, exciting music for grinding machines.
And don't miss the extra feature, a short called Opus I. It is essentially abstract shapes moving, pulsing, and disappearing, to music. This short was hand painted, frame by frame. It is very unusual and, like all abstract art, different people will see different things in it.
Do not miss "Berlin: Symphony of a Great City." It has been imitated, but never duplicated.