"My next short was Silver City – it, too, had an English title and consisted of eight shots. Each shot was as long as a 30-metre roll, so it in fact lasted a little more than three minutes. And all of the shots were long shots, extreme long shots. And they were all done from the third, fourth, or fifth floor of the apartments where I lived at the time. (I used to change apartments rather frequently.) And they all showed streets or crossings, first very early in morning, at three or half past three when they were completely empty, and the lights were turning from green to red to green again, when there were no cars or anything crossing the streets, and with that morning light where everything is blue. And I used to shoot them even without cutting the ends off the 30-metre rolls – at the end, the image would be turning yellow or red or quite simply white. I didn’t cut anything away."
"The second half consisted of shots in the evening, sometimes of the same places, the same streets, but with heavy evening traffic going out of the city. The film again used Mood Music, other pieces this time – each 20 seconds long and each repeated three times. The film was extremely contemplative. It was really like standing at a window and looking down on the streets, either completely empty or, on the contrary, completely stocked. Only in the very first shot was there anything like a hint of a story. The very first shot was of a railway line – just an empty landscape, very early in the morning, too, and after two minutes of a completely empty shot, someone crosses the rails from one side of the frame, and leave the frame on the other. Immediately after he has crossed the rails, the train appears: that is to say – the camera is very close to the rails and – bang – the train is in the shot, and he passes, and slowly disappears in the distance. You get the impression that maybe it’s the start of some kind of story, but nothing happens until the end. Just the empty streets, and the views out of the windows."
" I’m not sure why I called it Silver City. I still think it expresses the mood of the film very well – just the sound of the two words. Maybe it’s the alliteration that makes it. I don’t know."