That new reality show that you watched on television last night isn't so new after all. Our grandparents and great-grandparents had their own versions of reality entertainment called City Symphonies. These motion pictures became popular when television was still in the experimental stage. This small genre of movie was unique because it was part documentary, part travelogue, part subtle propaganda, and totally an art form. During the heyday of the City Symphony, in the 1920s, the movies were still silent and accompanied by live musical performances.