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Film Education Website on Metropolis
This site features film clips, stills and two supporting documents Themes and context and Further study. Covering gender, cinematic style, theme and legacy these materials provide a social, historical and political context to the film and other German and Soviet films of the 1920s. The tasks can be used as a starting point for exploration of themes contained in the film, or for developing further close study of Metropolis.
Filmsite movie Review - Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (1927) is a stylized, visually-compelling, melodramatic silent film set in the dystopic, 21st century city of Metropolis - a dialectical treatise on man vs. machine and class struggle. Austrian director Fritz Lang's German Expressionistic masterpiece helped to develop the science-fiction genre, with innovative imagery from cinematographer Karl Freund, art design by Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, and Karl Vollbrecht, and set design by Edgar Ulmer. It was the last of Lang's silent films.
Movements in Film - German Expressionism
German expressionist filmmakers used visual distortion and hyper-expressive performance to show inner turmoils, fears and desires of that era. German Expressionism reflects the inner conflicts of its 1920s German audience by giving their woes an inescapably external presence. By rejecting cinematic realism, expressionist films showcase dramatic, revolutionary interpretations of the human condition.
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Documentary - The Metropolis Case
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Re-Producing the Class and Gender Divide: Fritz Lang's Metropolis
Gabriela Stoicea examines the relationship between work, gender, and sexuality in Metropolis, suggesting that cinema not only reflects, but actively participates in the creation and maintenance of the status quo.
Fritz Lang's Silent Cinema: Far-Flung Geographies, Omniscient Masterminds, and the Laws of Life and Death
David Sterritt examines Fritz Lang's films and their fascination with the idea of the "destiny-machine", the systematic mechanism by which fate imposes its unrelenting will on human affairs.
Article by Julie Wosk. With its dramatic, overheated plot, striking set designs, and innovative special effects, Metropolis is in many ways a film about the uses of science and technology to create transformations - the transformation of the city into a marvel of modernity, the transformation of Metropolis's workers into robotic slaves, and the transformation of the saintly Maria into a diabolical and destructive femme fatale.
Books in the library
Fritz Lang by The name of Fritz Lang—the visionary director of Metropolis, M, Fury, The Big Heat, and thirty other unforgettable films—is hallowed the world over. But what lurks behind his greatest legends and his genius as a filmmaker? Patrick McGilligan, placed among “the front rank of film biographers” by the Washington Post, spent four years in Europe and America interviewing Lang’s dying contemporaries, researching government and film archives, and investigating the intriguing life story of Fritz Lang. This critically acclaimed biography—lauded as one of the year’s best nonfiction books by Publishers Weekly—reconstructs the compelling, flawed human being behind the monster with the monocle.
Call Number: BIO 791.43 LAN
Publication Date: 2013
The Haunted Screen: Post WW I German Cinema
What is Expressionism? Art Movements & Styles