The city that never sleeps

The city that never sleeps - Andor von Barsy

The city that never sleeps - Andor von Barsy

Copyright EYE Filminstitute Netherlands


To mark Rotterdam’s 600th anniversary in 1928, cameraman and photographer Andor von Barsy made ‘De stad die nooit rust’ (‘The city that never sleeps’), a dynamic, modernist portrayal of life in the seaport city. The film was recently restored by EYE Film Institute Netherlands and a new soundtrack added.

Directed by Friedrich von Maydell, ‘The city that never sleeps’ depicts Rotterdam as a modern, bustling city, where life revolves around the seaport. It features impressive, often aerial footage of the harbours of Rotterdam and of innovative projects designed to breathe new life and prosperity into the city.

Von Barsy also focused his lens on the historic city centre, with its beautiful canals, warehouses, bustling quaysides and lively shopping streets.

The film will be shown on 3 February as part of the Internationaal Filmfestival Rotterdam