Directed by Fritz Lang, written by Thea von Harbou
Reviewed by Patrick Montanaro, Clerk
Metropolis is more than just an expressionist anecdote from a time before CGI space monsters and peripherally-challenging starship battles. It stands as a blueprint for the years of science fiction that was to come. It doesn’t hurt that the art direction looks marvelous.
BE WARNED – it’s black and white and it’s silent (I can hear you groaning). These kinds of movies aren’t for everybody but it you’re a fan of the genre or thought provoking early films (like Bergman’s the Magician – which we have here at the library!) then you can appreciate the subtler side of Metropolis.
It’s worth a look to see where George Lucas got his inspiration for C3P0 and where themes of class disparity in modern movies like The Dark Knight Rises (we also have this!) get their reference. It’s a movie inspired by classics like A Tale of Two Cities (got this too!) with a cinematic flare that, when savored, is worth the time to check out.
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