Ruttman tours the packed, vibrant streets of Berlin, seemingly halfway through becoming modern and industrialised. He captures a degree of cultural change and isolation but also all the new thrills of the modern city. The rhythms and cuts of the montage work masterfully to create a narrative but 85 years on you are also of course hit by the history lesson on show.
It's impossible to watch it without it crashing into other memories and ideas, both cinematic and historic. The little girls playing on the streets bringing back M, the wide range of social activities 'People on a Sunday', the bearded jewish men chatting as they walk down the strasse a thousand obvious historic parallels.
Brilliantly done, I find stuff about Berlin between the wars carries such incredible weight anyway but Ruttmann's editing and shooting amplifies that even more.
Film 15/100 on my 100 to watch in 2016