I’m likely to fuck up any effort at summarizing the movie so I’ll just say that it’s about a beautiful, Edenic, aboveground city for rich people that is fueled by a dilapidated, insular, underground city for the poor. The poor people end up rioting. They destroy their underground city at the behest of a sexy robot whom they later burn at the stake.
It is a very good movie.
Fritz Lang is again showcasing a visual motif with all these parallel lines. I was wondering if we’re supposed to notice this or if it’s meant to work as like a subliminally endearing trend. Something that makes us lean a little bit forward, unknowingly.
I prefer Dr. Mabuse over Metropolis, personally, but also acknowledge that the latter, in terms of scale and skill and beauty, is a better movie than the former. Mabuse himself, Rudolf Klien-Rogge, is in this movie too. He plays Rotwang, the mad scientist who invents the female robot (boobs and all) in hopes of resurrecting a woman named Hel whom he loved, who was married to another man, and who has since died, and while Klein-Rogge definitely hams it up as this lovelorn Doc Brown prototype, wide-eyed and shouting with frayed white hair, I think he also imbues the role with some heart. I’m really digging this actor.
The filmmaker too. There isn’t much I can say about this movie that hasn’t already been said. It’s a masterpiece. Check it out.
According to myth, Metropolis was Hitler’s favourite movie. When he told this to Lang, Lang realised it was time to get the hell out of Dodge city.
It it a curious anecdote because Metropolis is such a harsh critique of Fascism, but Hitler was too stupid to realise this.