Something I learn as I watch more and more films is that the cultural perception of silent films as quaint relics without much teeth is utterly wrong. METROPOLIS, for example, as as weird, feverish, grotesque, and artistically incisive as anything made half a century later.
METROPOLIS is indeed a groundbreaking in science fiction genre. Especially, German cinema. Although, it was made in 1927, I feel METROPOLIS is way ahead from its time. Fritz Lang succeed to put a social commentary about our society. About the rich and the poor. It's a silent movie. But amazingly, it could talked more without dialogue. I think the moral value of this movie is still relevant until now. It's wonderful..
This is the science fiction film that is so impressive and has such fantastic visuals that it was incorporated into a Queen music video. It also had great predictions like the start of Communism and was made by the great German director Fritz Lang who is a legend. Birgitte Helm is a revelation doing a dual role as an android/robot slut and a human madonna. Sad about the missing scenes though.
I wrote my Art History seminar paper on this film, it is one of my most favourite. To preface, the context of Weimar period makes for a richer experience, as is the consideration of fear of technology, female sexuality as a threat to rationality, and the subsequent development of the Third Reich (Lang is criticized by Kracauer for espousing fascism "the heart unites the head and the hand" u get the idea).
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.