There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator.
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Reportedly one of Adolf Hitler's favourite films.
A part of me thinks he didn't quite get it...
Was lucky enough to catch a screening of The Complete Metropolis accompanied by a live performance of their original soundtrack to the film by the Alloy Orchestra. Spectacular film which looks simply amazing on the big screen and I have to say Alloy's accompaniment is very good and I probably enjoy it more than the original score. The original seems to bog things down in parts and I found this alternate score to add a lot of pep to the proceedings. It made the run time fly by even faster than usual. Highly recommend checking it out if you have the opportunity.
Thanks to Len Fearnside who made me aware of Alloy Orchestra, I was able to see them accompany Metropolis with their original score.
The opening credits and opening scene are INCREDIBLE. I felt like I could have cried it was so moving, just a great experience. It settles down after that into a more traditional score, but it's still quite good and adds to the experience(from what I can assume, it was my first time seeing the film).
It's an ambitious film, Fritz Lang was really a master. What an accomplishment for 1927, wow. For historical purposes, this is a 6-star movie. But it is 2012, and this is a two and a half hour silent movie, so it's not…
153 minute version.
A good futuristic story of social injustice told via what feels like a series of plays filmed on great sets, which are sewn together with some funky sci-fi models. The themes of mans greed, corruption, inhumanity towards humanity and collective foolishness are covered with the aid of some bad make up and really quite horrible, over theatrical acting. I know it's 1927 and this may have been à la mode but I'm not interested in non-comedy melodrama from any era and as Oscar Wilde said “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
Despite the enjoyable story, quality sets and social commentary the whole thing does…
I watched this movie accompanied by a live orchestra and it was so incredible. I was curious how the soundtrack sounded on the Netflix version and there was no comparison. The orchestra did an amazing job bringing the movie to an absolutely brilliant level. The opening sequence where the workers were walking into the elevators was haunting. It reminded me of a concentration camp and then I later found out this was Hitler’s favorite movie.
I cannot believe what director Fritz Lang was able to accomplish in 1927. However, the visual accomplishment came at a price; adjusting to inflation, the movie took the equivalent of $200 million to make (but I guess that’s what made it so enjoyable to watch).…
Underscoring the need for entertainment despite any achievement made remarkable for its era, I find some objection to the heaps of praise this film receives for being the "best science fiction movie of all time".
Basically an examination of the worker versus the privileged intelligentsia, there is no doubt that it was a stunning visual accomplishment that still impresses in this modern day. I was impressed with the depiction of the powerful seeking to incite the people to violence in order to have a free hand in violent reprisal, which is still a staple feature of those in power today, as I suspect always was and will be.
One has to be tolerant of the expressionistic silent film even as…
a triumph and a heretic
The Masters of Cinema 2010 reconstruction Blu-ray is incredible! Definitely in my top 10 most impressive films of all time. Way ahead of its time!
Great piece of work for the time but i found it a hard watch.Alittle long and repetitive music made it difficult compared to the amazing Nosferatu.
This film was ahead of its time in terms of concept and cinematography. God-tier German Expressionism.
This is easily one of the best science fiction movies I've ever seen. The sets are incredible as well as the special effects. Metropolis is eerily ahead of its time, especially considering what just on the horizon in Germany.
The fact that Metropolis is a masterpiece on a purely visual level cannot hide the fact the story's occasional chunkiness can be to its detriment.
For an overblown allegory this ain't half bad!
Special mention to the set, the soundtrack and all the characters' eyebrows.
(Alternative description: Communism takes on Capitalism with nods to Catholicism. Also, there are mad scientist shenanigans!)