Metropolis - Fritz Lang - 1927
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Runtime: 3:01:00 - Metropolis - 1927 - Director: Fritz Lang. Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich.
"Metropolis" is a 1927 German expressionist science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. Written by Thea von Harbou in collaboration with Lang, it stars Gustav Fröhlich, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Brigitte Helm. Erich Pommer produced it in the Babelsberg Studios for Universum Film A.G. (UFA).
In pre-1930's Nazi Germany, the silent film is regarded as a pioneering science-fiction movie, being among the first feature-length movies of that genre. Filming took place over 17 months in 1925–26 at a cost of more than five million Reichsmarks. Made in Germany during the Weimar period, "Metropolis" is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city master, and Maria, a saintly figure to the workers, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes in their city and bring the workers together with Joh Fredersen, the city master. The film's message is encompassed in the final inter-title: "The Mediator Between the Head and the Hands Must Be the Heart".
"Metropolis" met a mixed reception upon release. Critics found it visually beautiful and powerful – the film's art direction by Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut and Karl Vollbrecht draws influence from Bauhaus, Cubist and Futurist design, along with touches of the Gothic in the scenes in the catacombs, the cathedral and Rotwang's house – and lauded its complex special effects, but accused its story of being naive.
H. G. Wells described the film as "silly", and The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction calls the story "trite" and its politics "ludicrously simplistic". The film's alleged Communist message was also criticized. The film's extensive running time also came in for criticism, and "Metropolis" was cut substantially after its German premiere, with a large portion of Lang's original footage removed.
Many attempts have been made since the 1970s to restore the film. In 1984 Italian music producer Giorgio Moroder released a truncated version with a soundtrack by rock artists including Freddie Mercury, Loverboy and Adam Ant. In 2001 a new reconstruction of "Metropolis" was shown at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2008 a damaged print of Lang's original cut of the film was found in a museum in Argentina. After a long restoration process that required additional materials provided by a print from New Zealand, the film was 95% restored and shown on large screens in Berlin and Frankfurt simultaneously on 12 February 2010.
"Metropolis" is now widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, ranking 35th in Sight & Sound's 2012 critics' poll. In 2001 the film was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register, the first film thus distinguished.
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As it is said that "yesterday's science fiction can often become today's science fact", it can also be said that "today's science fiction can often become tomorrow's science fact".
Many science fiction plotlines in addition to being very imaginative, forward-looking, and technologically oriented, they can also often be dystopic, horrifying, and can include much social commentary as you can see as this one does.
It has also been said by some that science fiction plotlines are actually warning us by revealing things that are actually technologically already here or on the way to becoming technological reality of what we can expect in our future. Others may say that 'the powers that be' may actually also be conditioning us to become accustomed to a future reality of what things are yet to come...
Is America and many western nations becoming a sort of 'Babylon'?
Here is a sampling of some of the scenes from the movie:
Runtime: 10:29 - A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 French black and white silent science fiction film. It is loosely based on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells
The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston. The film runs 14 minutes if projected at 16 frames per second, which was the standard frame rate at the time the film was produced. It was extremely popular at the time of its release and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Méliès. A Trip to the Moon is the first science fiction film, and utilizes innovative animation and special effects, including the iconic shot of the rocketship landing in the moon's eye.
Runtime: 1:32:51 - This is a Powerful, yet spooky science fiction film made in 1936, produced by Alexander Korda based on the H. G. Wells classic book & brought to the silver screen as a vision of what warfare will bring mankind in the century to follow. That is to say the century that has now gone. The story shows the destructive nature of war and how is will catapult us back to a state of barbarism, warlords, and another Black Deathesque plague called the "Wandering Sickness." However, because MAN clings to science, MAN will rise above all this and create a new, modern society free of warfare. (again?) The film does have a lot of historical inaccuracies to its "dis"credit, but much of what it preaches is scarily plausible, and much of it has become prophetic. The theme that man can prevail and keep discovering/conquering new vistas is a laughable in hindsight. The film shows that progress and science are the things which advance us as a people. Scientists and/or inventors had formed their own civilization, free of corruption and violence. The set designs are outstanding in the futuristic world of 2036 (where they valiantly try to put a rocket in space to make a preliminary orbit around the moon). The acting is rather good considering the time it was made. (Having just come out of "talkies" and still having a tendency to chew the scenery and everything within a 5 mile radius.) Raymond Massey and Cedric Hardwicke giving great performances, but it is Ralph Richardson as a "Boss" who deserves the most praise for giving a powerful performance of a man with inherent human traits that just ruin progress. A thought provoking film and quite spooky in it's observation of human nature.
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