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Metropolis [1927 film]

by Fritz Lang (Director/Screenwriter), Thea von Harbou (Screenwriter), Thea Von Harbou (Screenwriter)

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An expressionistic drama about authoritarianism and revolt in an industrialized metropolis of the 21st century.
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1927 ( )
  Jazz1987 | Sep 5, 2022 |
A robot leads a socialist revolution.

For once Netflix has the good version of a silent film. We'd seen a different version (about a decade ago), and it was boring and kind of hard to follow. This version (the Murnau Foundation restoration released by Kino) is entertaining throughout. The footage is played significantly faster, it uses the original score, it has all the footage that was known to exist at the time it was released (early 2000s), and, absolutely essential if the movie's going to make any sense, it tells you what happens in the missing scenes.

Concept: A
Story: D
Characters: D
Dialog: C
Pacing: B
Cinematography: A
Special effects/design: A
Acting: D
Music: B

Enjoyment: B

GPA: 2.6/4 ( )
  comfypants | Feb 14, 2016 |
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  wdjoyner | Aug 15, 2010 |
German Expressionist utopia and its discontents. ( )
  paulsikora | Dec 2, 2006 |
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I have recently seen the silliest film. I do not believe it would be possible to make one sillier. It is called Metropolis, it comes from the great Ufa studios in Germany, and the public is given to understand that it has been produced at enormous cost... Capek's Robots have been lifted without apology, and that soulless mechanical monster of Mary Shelley's, who has fathered so many German inventions, breeds once more in this confusion. Originality there is none. Independent thought, none...

There is some rather good swishing about in water, after the best film traditions, some violent and unconvincing machine-breaking and rioting and wreckage, and then, rather confusedly, one gathers that Masterman has learnt a lesson, and that workers and employers are now to be reconciled by 'Love.'... Never for a moment does one believe any of this foolish story; for a moment is there anything amusing or convincing in its dreary series of strained events. It is immensely and strangely dull... Six million marks! The waste of it!
added by SnootyBaronet | editNew York Times, H. G. Wells (Apr 17, 1927)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lang, FritzDirector/Screenwriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harbou, Thea vonScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Von Harbou, TheaScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abel, AlfredActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fröhlich, Gustavsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freund, Karlsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Helm, BrigitteActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Landgut, Ingesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lorre, Petersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wernicke, Ottosecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Widmann, Ellensecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Having conceived Babel, yet unable to build it themselves, they had thousands to build it for them. But those who toiled knew nothing of the dreams of those who planned.
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This is Fritz Lang's 1927 motion picture "Metropolis" (video recording, blu-ray, DVD). Please don't combine it with print media, scenarios, guides, etc., or the 2001 anime film or the 1984 film by Giorgio Moroder
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