Metropolis, Happy Anniversary! Premiered in Berlin, Germany at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo Movie Theater on Monday, January 10th, 1927.

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Metropolis changed the way I thought of Silent Film. Up to that point I had viewed the era as darkened, scratchy, unclear, with much over-exaggerated movements of body, face and eyes and to make matters worse there was no dialogue. But, here was a movie that challenged my thinking and my preconceived conceptions of non-talking films. This was movie making at its finest, regardless of decade. From the sets to the costumes, the story, the lighting, the cinematography, acting and direction, Metropolis was for that time and for this new century a Masterpiece.

This science-fiction juggernaut was based on the novel of the same name by Thea von Harbou, published in 1926 after principle filming began on May 22nd, 1925; Harbou wrote Metropolis with the purpose of making a film from it and the novel was serialized in 1926 in the journal Illustriertes Blatt leading up to the movie’s release. Harbou and husband Fritz Lang (uncredited) scripted Metropolis which leaps to and fro, one genre to the next all under the control of the imaginative Lang.

Fritz Lang and wife Thea von Harbou

Fritz Lang

Most of the cast were unknowns or as with leading lady Brigitte Helm, no experience at all, yet, Lang gained exactly what he wanted from his ensamble and multitude of extras, as well as from his crew which for this venture was of the most importance. It was in this visual perspective that Metropolis communicates its story. Driven not by words, not even action, but conveyed by the art and stylizations of the sets and costumes we the audience are caught up in and thrust forward by this creative visual contrivance of Fritz Lang to tell this dystopian tale. It has been a while since first I laid eyes upon Metropolis, yet, I cannot forget that I immediately found within its frames, beauty, thoughtfulness and a uncertainty of the future. Today, I am none the less impressed by this classic film, it is two hours that is well spent enjoying a piece of history and at the same time marveling at this piece of art that is: Metropolis.


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Behind the Scenes of Metropolis:

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By C. S. Williams


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