Film Info: Im Lichtbild der Grossstadt

Berlin - Pictures of A City (Im Lichtbild der Grossstadt)

Berlin - Pictures of A City

Berlin is experiencing its fourth renaissance in the field of architecture. Following the "Gruenderzeit" at the end of the 19th century, the gigantic building projects of the Nazi regime and the era of reconstruction in the post-war years, the architectural reorganisation of the formerly divided city into a metropolis of global significance is now on the agenda. Berlin has already undertaken the first steps towards a city of superlatives: the biggest urban development competition has then been followed by Europe's largest building site. The film shows a city in the midst of radical change, dwells on new and old architecture, leads the viewers over the roofs and through different parts of Berlin as if showing them through the pictures of an exhibition.


Manfred Wilhelms was originally a painter and photographer before undergoing a complete metamorphosis into a self-taught filmmaker and cinematographer. As a part-time student, he took part in seminars given by Helmut Faerber on the films of Griffith, Ozu and Renoir. He has made numerous short TV features and the documentaries: Licht singt tausendfache Lieder (1985), Die Loreley (1988), Menschenrechte (TV, 1989), Rostige Bilder (1990-1992), Route des Crêtes (1993), Die Rennstrecke (1994), Laufen um zu leben (1995). His omnibus film Berlin - You Stranger, You Beauty (1995-2001)includes the following films: Berlin - Pictures of a City ,A Tale of Two Cities, The Legend of Potsdamer Platz, Nightwalk, Street of Culture, Pictures of a Veiling, and Where is the Flair.
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1998
Director Manfred Wilhelms
Screenplay Manfred Wilhelms
Cinematography Manfred Wilhelms
Manfred Wilhelms
Producer Manfred Wilhelms
Production Company Lassoband-Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with WDR
Length 82 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 no dialogue
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Berlin 98: Forum
German Distributor Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek/Berlin

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