5 Films that Capture the Sound of Berlin in Different Decades


Over the last 100 years, Berlin has changed into several drastic shapes like no other city in Germany. Every time a shift happened not only the urban aesthetic of Berlin evolved but also the layer that lies beneath our everyday routines: Sound!

For the next chapter of Audi Zeitgeist Projects, a unique commitment of the automotive brand to support German Avantgarde-music, this unique sound of Berlin will be presented in a completely new way. Several well-known musicians like Gudrun Gut and Modeselektor came together to compose a Symphony of Now – merging the sound of Berlin with a spectacular movie being released earlier this year.

On the occasion of the upcoming premiere of Symphony of Now we decided to have a deeper look into Berlin’s movie history and we found several films that portray the sound of Berlin in different decades perfectly.

Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt – The Spirit of Grandeur

This movie from 1927 film describes a day of Berlin life in all its beauty of the golden twenties. It shows a city that is thriving and growing through the industrial revolution. This movie was also the inspiration for Symphony of Now. A must watch for all history fans of Berlin.

Menschen am Sonntag  – The Sound of Everyday Life

This particular movie from the 30s is similar to Sinfonie der Großstadt and also completely different at the same time. It shows a young group of friends having a little trip to the lakes on a Sunday. In contrast to Sinfonie der Großstadt, the portrayed people are normal workers and enjoy the simple things in life. Just a couple of years ago the avant-garde band Mum rediscovered this movie and created a live concert to it which they are now playing on a regular basis at Radialsystem V.

Geniale Dilletanten – A New Wave Documentary

This unique gem of Berlin music documentary is a real 80’s flashback. It showcases artists and bands such as Blixa Bargeld of Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave of the Bad Seeds, Mora Mur and Malaria!, and the director Jim Jarmusch. This movie is a great reflection of a period where the city was torn between a rough and vibrant underground and superficial and hedonistic party scene.

Linie 1 – A Berlin Musical just before the Wall came down

Scoring as my personal all-time favorite Berlin musical, this movie tells the story of an innocent girl from Westgermany coming to Berlin looking for a boy who is not calling back. (lol) I don’t want to spoil the plot to you but I recommend you to watch it so you can discover a unique side of Berlin humor captured on film.

Symphony of Now – A Unique Collaboration of Berlin Talents

Inspired by the famous black and white movie: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt, Symphony of Now is a colorful and vibrant ride through today’s Berlin.

Claudio by
on February 8th, 2018
updated on May 7th, 2018
in Movies, Music

43 Responses to “5 Films that Capture the Sound of Berlin in Different Decades”

  1. tinytee Says:

    I would like to see the movie! 😉

  2. Izabela Says:

    Would love to see it!!!

  3. carlo Says:

    great selection!

  4. Flo Says:

    Would love to go!

  5. Elisa Benatti Says:

    A real treasure!
    I lost my heart on the big B. many years ago. Really looking forward to see the Film!
    Excited af! 😉

  6. Mary Lou Says:

    “Die Sinfonie der Großstadt” is one of my favourite movies. Can´t wait to see this new one…

  7. Bruno Says:

    Symphony Of Now – Ja, bitte!

  8. Sanne Says:

    Yaaaaay I would really like to win the tickets!
    <3 your articles and interesting content about this vibrant city!

  9. Bene Says:

    I’d like to win the tickets!

  10. Shauna Kehoe Says:

    Sweet post as always and sweet raffle!

    I’m giving a talk based on my PhD research that day so to celebrate later on with a wee movie would be ace! Although..I’d have to find a date..And I’m terrible at finding dates..Are you possibly raffling off a dark, tall, and handsome Berliner with those tickets by chance?..

  11. Stefanie Says:

    here here here please 🙂

  12. Ga Says:

    Here is my comment! Thanks for tip anyway if I don’t win the tickets, Symphony of Now looks über interesting:)

  13. Marina Says:

    Would love to go 🙂

  14. Meg Says:

    Sounds great! :p

  15. Marlene Says:

    Yes yes yes

  16. Florian Schuster Says:

    Ich hätte gern 2 Tickets für symphony of now.

  17. Jonas Says:

    Would be absolutely fantastic to see Symphony of Now, well,…Now?

  18. Laure Says:

    Really cool project to see the real beauty of Berlin. Very interesting art project! would love to see the movie 🙂

  19. Lisa Simone Says:

    So cool!

  20. Nicole Says:

    Wow so exciting! I love all these films.

  21. Nia Says:

    Great selection of films. B-movie is other that can be in the list.
    Hope to get the tickes! : )
    Thanks for the opportunity, guys!

  22. Nadia Says:

    Thank you for this article & the daily input of @iheartberlin team ❤️

  23. Eeva Says:

    What is the best sound of Berlin?

  24. Yulia Says:

    I would love to support my husband who writes his thesis now and take him out for couple hours.

  25. Malgorzata Says:

    I leave a comment 😉

  26. Jonathan Says:

    I would love to see it ! It would be really awesome !

  27. Marcin Says:

    I have to win!

  28. Valeryia Says:

    Choose me!!! 😉

  29. Audrey Says:

    Really wish I can go. The last time I’ve seen a movie was before I gave birth. My kid is now 7months, this would be a perfect movie to go back to the 7th art. Love

  30. Nerea Says:

    Please! I always wanted to watch the original one, it would be awesome if I can watch the new one at least!!

  31. Velizara Says:

    Sounds interesing, would love to see it

  32. arianna Says:


  33. Kiki Says:

    ‘Sounds’ like a lot of fun! 😅

  34. Emery Says:

    Please for the love of Berlin ! 😅

  35. Maxel F Says:

    Hope to get the chance to see and HEAR this masterpiece with Âme’s mastermind and many more!
    PS: Great collection of movies, iHeart! My weekend will be spend digging into those, I haven’t seen yet.

  36. Morta Kaz Says:

    I would love to see the movie!

  37. Nicola El-Labany Says:

    Would LOVE to see this. I have just moved to Berlin, so I would love to take one of my new friends

    🙂 x

  38. K Says:

    hear the sound on screen yes yes 😉

  39. Diana Says:

    yes please <3

  40. Dario Says:

    The sound of Berlin

  41. Sonja Says:

    I would love to go!

  42. Caroline Says:

    I would love to have the chance to go!

  43. Marika Aviva Pradler Says:

    Symphony of now! Feeling it already

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