Walter Ruttmann and the Cinema of Multiplicity : Avant-Garde – Advertising – Modernity

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TitleWalter Ruttmann and the Cinema of Multiplicity : Avant-Garde – Advertising – Modernity
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCowan, M
Series TitleFilm Culture in Transition
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
ISBN978 90 8964 585 2

The name Walter Ruttmann recalls enthralling and often controversial contexts. A leading figure of the interwar avant-garde, Ruttmann enriched the language of the cinema through numerous innovations in film form. His pioneering work in abstract animation paved the way for artists such as Oskar Fischinger and Len Lye, and his celebrated montage film Berlin. Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, 1927) is still seen as the quintessential documentary of urban life in the 1920s. But Ruttmann also made numerous propaganda films after 1933, even working alongside Leni Riefenstahl for Triumph des Willens(1935). The first monograph on Ruttmann in English, Cowan's study presents an entire aspect of Ruttmann's work, while also rethinking his significance in light of current transformations in film studies.