Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Film Review: Metropolis

Figure 1: Film poster, metropolis 1927

(Metroplolis 1927) is a German film directed by Fritz Lang which has some extremely current issues in today’s society as in an article I read by Peter Bradshaw saying it is like the “current crisis in Dubai, whose economic boom was founded on a colossal import of globalised labour” (Peter Bradshaw, The Gaurdian, 2010) I believe this just shows that greed is a natural human trait and that it will forever be an issue in life. The story starts out with an incredibly rich upper class man called Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) the son of Jon Fenderson who was the founder and the man behind who runs the city. Within the first 20 minutes of the film it is clear that there is a huge class difference within the population of the city and in one of the opening scenes the young prince of metropolis was living the best life imaginable for any young man chasing beautiful glamorous women around his extremely large and high decorated garden all until he is stopped as he catches the eye of a very beautiful women who is extremely normal baring her flesh without no makeup or wearing any fancy clothes. The women had arisen from the extremely poor working class area of metropolis. Freder is instantly in love with the beautiful women who is forced back down by the security, Freder goes looking for but only discovered what makes the city turn and how harsh life is for the lower class of Metropolis.

This is how the tale is set and enfolds in a very strange tale with a mad professor, cloning, a prophet, city floods and many more events. Metropolis is easily recognisable as being the first summer block buster of all time by the way the story is laid out and the fact that even in films today you can see that there has been some inspiration been taken from the film. The architecture of the futuristic city is one of the key features that makes this films as iconic as it was the first of its kind and carried on influencing many films in the way that the cities architecture is laid out in such films like blade runner and the fifth element.

Figure 2: a scenic view of The Fifth element 1997

Roger Bert also noticed that the films had all the ingredients to be classed as a summer block buster like todays films by commenting on it saying it was “Other dramatic visual sequences: a chase scene in the darkened catacombs, with the real Maria pursued by Rotwang” (Roger Robert) which I completely agree with as is clear that Lang was so far ahead of his time with his ideas in what a futuristic city would look like.

The most iconic scene from this films is when the mad scientist Rotwang attempts to clone the beautiful Maria (Brigitte Helm). This scene is almost so recognisable even the majority of the public who havnt seen the film will know that scene and know that it is from metropolis. Not only has this scene of the film heavily influenced other sci-fi films it has also made a huge impact on said “So what do today’s pop stars have in common with this android, programmed by the rulers, with a mix of science and occultism? Well … everything.” (The Occult Symbolism of Movie “Metropolis” and its Importance in Pop Culture)  I then began to notice that numerous pop cultured stars have attempt to copy the look of Rotwangs robotic women.

Figure 3: The comparison between Lang's robot and Pop icon Beyonce 

The films is ended with Freder reuniting his father with the people in a healthy relationship being the middle man in making the life better for the majority of the people of metropolis almost as to give the viewer that there is hope with resolving the issues of today. 

Illustration List 

Figure 1: http://scifimoviefilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Metropolis-movie-poster.jpg

Figure 2: http://ad009cdnb.archdaily.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/1361828781-fifth-element-product-placement-1.jpg


Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian 2010

Roger Robert Review of "Metropolis" 2010 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Adam,

    Ok, a couple of pointers to make your reviews look and sound more academic. Firstly, don't centre your text - by doing this, it gives it the feel of being a verse rather than prose; use the 'justify' option for the most professional look.

    You should italicise the quotes, and then reference them just with the author's surname and the year, not the whole name of the publication, so for example, (Bradshaw, 2010) Have a look at the reference guide on myUCA for full details on how to use the Harvard method and create a bibliography -


    You should avoid writing in the 1st person - for example where you say ,
    'I then began to notice that numerous pop cultured stars have attempt to copy the look of Rotwangs robotic women'. To write this sentence in the 3rd person, you could say something like,
    'It can be noticed that numerous...etc'

    There is an excellent guide to writing in the 3rd person in the Unit descriptor, under 'Essays and Articles' (Just below the influence map template.)