Metropolis!

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  1. Maggot Brain

    Maggot Brain Well-Known Member

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    Who here is a fan of the 1927 sci fi film "Metropolis"?

    I have always heard of the movie and often seen and heard it referenced all throughout life but had never personally pursued watching it. I stumbled upon a reference to the film and decided to check out a few scenes and found myself watching the whole film in awe and amazement. I watched the film with the context of it being released in 1927 and was blown away with the amount of detail, art, sophistication and special effects in the film... Not to mention the amazing sci fi concept that adornes the film.

    Anyways if you haven't seen the film and enjoy old cinema or just amazing feats of technology, I think you'll enjoy this film.

    I know the film can be interpreted as very political so please leave that out of discussion for the sake of forum rules. I rather focus on the feat, imagination and skill it took to pull something like this off when cinema was still in it's infancy.

     
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    its been a long time since i saw this one.
     
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    yes, it's a revolutionary film.
    Another great film that you should check out, but most likely have already seen, is 2001: A Space Odyssey. This is in my opinion the greatest sci-fi film ever made.
    And my favorite genre of films is "Futuristic Dystopias"
     
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    Oh yes! I just recently bought 2001 on blu ray! I only ever purchase special movies nowadays. I will be adding Metropolis to the collection soon.

    I too love Blade Runner and my all time favorite "The Terminator"
     
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    I like Metropolis but I LOVE 2001. Even by today's standards it looks phenomenal, and it is also probably one of the most realistic sci fi films ever made in terms of presentation of how the technology would be used and how the physics of spaceflight work.
     
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    Terminator was good, but I think Terminator 2 was even better, but I don't think they are as good as 2001, or Blade Runner. I would also add 1984, but the book was better than the movie (at the risk of sounding cliche. it's just a fact).
     
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    I know exactly what you mean, all are fantastic looks at the possible and scary scenarios of technology going awry.

    I love T2: Judgment Day, I think few could argue the impact it had on cinema, special effects and the action genre BUT I still favor T1 for it's darker grittier feel, it felt more like a horror movie at times which I think T2 didn't touch on as much. The T1 Terminator's relentless pursuit and the feeling of vulnerability of the humans made for a great thrill ride.

    I see the influence of Metropolis in pretty much every movie mentioned in this thread and further appreciate the impact it had on both cinema and the sci fi genre. Then to also appreciate the fact the movie was filmed throughout 1925 and 1926 is just impressive.
     
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    T1 fan. T2 was good also.
     
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    Metropolis is a Masterpiece! Fritz Lang was ahead of his time, a visionary.

    I like a lot of his movies.

    Check out "Doctor Mabuse, the Gambler". An eerie and spooky thriller from around the same time.
     
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    I'll leave it to those interested to look it up, but, try to find the most complete version possible.

    For many years, this film was incomplete, as it was severely edited/censored.

    They've recovered most of the film now, but not all versions are very complete.

    Quite the story, but, then there are a few different stories going around about what happened.

    Get the complete, or most complete one...
     
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    I'm fairly certain the one I posted in the OP is the most complete version in existence and has the original written score accompanying it. They found an original complete copy of the film in Argentina and all but 2 scenes or about 5 minutes were salvaged from that and a few other copies. I feel with recent technology they can clean up the "restored" parts even better, a lot of frame distortion on the transfers taken from that Argentinian copy.

    The fact a 99% complete copy was found is pretty amazing.
     
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    cool, in honesty, I didn't check out the posted film, as I've seen it before.

    It's definitely, a film that you have to watch intently & to understand the world, that it was written in & about.

    It's like the original All Quiet on the Western Front movie & the book it was based upon.

    They were written from a contemporary perspective of a ravaged Europe & the times were grim, on a socio-political future. That is the premise of this film (Metropolis).

    People didn't like the viewpoints, which caused certain censorships.

    Fritz used a lot of symbolism. That makes it more, to where you have to really watch it w/ deep investigative thought. Otherwise, it'll just be a long drawn out movie about technology, which now doesn't hold up, so it's less interesting.

    But, if you have the preface/forward, & understand the environment in which it was written & produced, it really is a masterpiece. Typical, the artist, had greater ideas than budget permits. Fortunately, some big money & production got behind it & made it happen. Then the tragedy of censorship/commercialism reared it's ugly head.

    I've heard a few stories about how that screener reel came to be. Too bad it was a reduced copy. Still better than nothing.
     
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    Check out Colossus of New York.

    It can be found on youtube, in segmented form or you can pay a little to watch it uninterrupted.
     
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    Pretty wild artistic content for the times.
     
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    Ha, I thought this Thread was about the Metropolis amp line :facepalm:
     
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    I think George spells it w/ a Grecian spelling...
     
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    Yeah, I liked T2 better myself, and Linda Hamilton's character as well..She had turned from a somewhat wimpy party girl into a awesome buff (and hot) woman warrior!
     
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    I was born in '84.
     
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