"Metropolis (1927)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

Metropolis' - the film is really a cult and, unlike many paintings of the period, most important for the history and evolution of the movie 'Metropolis' and are actively quoted, reinterpreted, and many of them running in the movie tracks are played in blockbusters today. What is this movie and how it attracts
primarily in 'Metropolis' remembered his imagery - and it is to him usually send writers doing homage to Lang. Shaped film system is very interesting and, paradoxically, it seems deeper and more multi-valued than the ideas that it is designed to express (about them below). The idea to use the dual archetype of Babylon - related to the tower and a Whore - very good and a huge opportunity. A statue of the deadly sins, coming down from the seats in the Gothic cathedral to become a footstool for dancing in the theater named in honor of the Japanese 'red light district', a female robot! .. A stunning image of Moloch machine! .. For example, 'Metropolis' clearly shows that expressionism is focused primarily on direct interaction with the viewer's perception
camera work, special effects and especially mizanstsenirovanie -. all is beyond praise. 'Metropolis' - a real feast for the eyes and from the standpoint of pure cinema - unique masterpiece. Scenes of construction of the tower, dances in 'Yoshiwara' or dance around the ruins of the machines-the heart is not only well-designed - they are perfectly realized
But back to the story.. What are the tell these stunning images? 'Metropolis' - a (relatively) science fiction, but it is not a dystopia or anti-utopia, contrary to popular belief. After Lang generally not depicted them against society; on the contrary, he constantly stresses he does not want to see this social system was eliminated. 'Metropolis' is very rooted in the era of its creation - difficult economic situation in the Weimar Republic, a few feverish gaiety, engulfed in the interwar period, the classes that could afford to have fun, and the constant threat of revolution is the main theme of the film. Or, rather, it is the main theme of the fear of revolution. Lang is so afraid that it will sweep away the fruits of European culture and civilization that - seems to be portraying in the film more than the terrible conditions of existence of workers - in any case does not want to violations of status quo. . (Curiously, in some of the elements of greater merit Lang, who a few years later will flee from Nazism triumphed over the ocean, and in which - his wife and screenwriter Thea von Thea von Harbou, a member of the NSDAP)
Immoderate conservative enthusiasm is bad for the morale of history: heart, they say, to mediate between the head and hands, and the heart - this is probably the wealthy philanthropist ... it is unclear whether it should (and if he can) at the same time actually improve the conditions of existence of the workers, should (and can whether) to sacrifice the upper classes (which showed itself in the course of the film HPE . Lne useless)
Generally the script 'Metropolis' a lot of questions: a series of plot twists remains strange and poorly motivated, from the desire to Fredericia senior high blood lead to the submission and so perfectly obedient workers and ending Jehoshaphat role in terms of young Freder . Despite the status of classics, 'Metropolis' is reminiscent of modern blockbusters with special effects in each frame - the script connectivity sacrificed fascinating stories and vivid visual images
particularly big problems with motivation of the main characters -. Fredersona Freder and Maria (the last image generally causes the sea of ​​questions). Why Freder was so struck by the children who have come to the Garden of the Sons of what he wanted to do until he met Mary - all this is shrouded in mystery. The situation is aggravated by the fact that fulfilling its role Gustav Fröhlich plays quite weakly and looks cardboard lover of old folk theater (I realize that heartache - one of the key metaphors of the film, but did not take away from his chest all two o'clock - overkill)
But the rest of the characters and the acting work curious enough. Very touching was released Yo Fredericia by Alfred Abel (characteristically, to the motivation of the character too many questions, but the actor's game makes them less sharp). Dr. Rotvang and even now can be considered one of the most vivid images of a mad scientist in the history of cinema - not surprising, playing his Rudolf Klein-Rogge actually is at the origin of this archetype, and also performing the role of the famous Dr. Mabuse. I have very mixed feelings caused by Fritz Rasp, playing the role of an unnamed henchman Fredericia - even by the standards of a little movie era expressionist manner of his acting strange and frightening ... but it's probably well intended
Overall '. Metropolis' - a great memorable images, high-quality special effects and a weak plot. Actually, this would explain why this film such a huge number of direct and indirect references in all fields of culture, but the tape itself is very few people watched.
8 out of 10

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