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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It's fun to think of how METROPOLIS has been appropriated in popular culture: from Peter Sellers' Dr. Strangelove to Madonna videos to BLADE RUNNER. Discussing its pervasive influence is easy. What interests me more is Lang and cowriter Thea von Harbou's meshing of modernity with occultism. Rotwang's old world of magic exists uncomfortably between the "hands" and "brain" of society. All superseded, of course by love.
2010 restoration. Essential cinema. Lang's classic silent was given new life after years of public domain edited copies with discovery of lost footage from an archival print found in Argentina. With a digital re-master Lang's vision was brought back to life. Endlessly influential this masterpiece is the template for an entire genre. Ingeniously produced with visual mastery beyond the constraints of the time period.
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.
caught the COMPLETE METROPOLIS tonight... same old - same old, only longer... as much as i enjoy several works of Fritz Lang, this one still leaves more to be desired, and this version is as 'more' as it can get.
More a hyperbolic, nightmare version of the Fordist production line, mapped onto the social structures of the 1920s than a sci-fi vision of the future. At its heart is perhaps the death of a tragic, mythic world, and how this can be confronted; in this cerainly I feel it is a sequel to Lang's "Niebelungen". The brilliant idea of the femme fatale as demagogue (social seductress) was not developed by subsequent films.
The first 20 minutes were like manna from heaven, all the hype, the orchestra, the newly re-restored version, the 1920s silent film “classic” masterpiece all was pure gold, unfortunately there was a point where I realized I was watching a highly conventional and popular film (to today’s standards). Technically achieved, greatly influential and highly entertaining but that’s about it.