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.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the passing of a legend: Fritz Lang. Easily one of the most iconic films ever made, his classic future shock is still thrilling: a propulsive sci-fi epic, a mind-blowing visual symphony, and a time-honored gateway to the marvels of silent film. Restored in HD.
“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.