An influential German sci-fi set in a highly-stylized city where a beautiful utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by downtrodden workers. Privileged youth Freder discovers the grim scene beneath the surface and sets out to free them with the aid of rebellious teacher Maria.
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“The MEDIATOR between the HEAD and HANDS must be the HEART.” Simply astounding. If it is possible to fall absolutely and unequivocally in love with a film, then I have indeed done so with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
I walked into this film expecting a nice historical artifact and got something more alive than just about anything I've seen in years. Half the shots here would be the best shot in anybody else's sci-fi movie. And all of it still works: as drama, as vision, as epic. 84 years old and still chugging, goddamn.
I love how this movie is abstract in how it displays processes - like how the machines are controlled - and doesn't explain much, if anything, about the futuristic setting portayed. It shows a creative sci-fi setting, but integrates it with a classic story of Christian principles. Also, I love the idea of the heart being the mediator between mind and hands, and how it's represented by the revolution by the workers.
Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece about a futuristic society run on the backs of oppressed laborers, who are inspired to revolt by a machine created to sew discord by their suspicious leader, remains a jaw-dropping spectacle. The design and early special effects are staggering, as is Lang's sense of pace and rhythm. Perhaps the greatest science fiction film of all time.