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Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis had been on my “To watch” list for a very long time. Its history, part of the movie being discovered, the praise it has received and that iconic image of the robot were all reasons why I wanted to see this. I hadn’t seen it yet because of its length (I don’t mind silent movies), but finally managed to make the time to see this movie classic.

For those not familiar with the movie, it was made in 1927 by Fritz Lang and is considered one of the most expensive movies of the time (costing 5 million marks), it had huge sets and used (according to IMDB) 37000 extras. Over time parts of the movie were considered lost, but resurfaced in Argentina a couple of years ago. It still isn’t complete, but only small parts are missing now.

The story of Metropolis is still relevant. It’s about a big city in which there is a big divide between the working class and the rich. The poor work far underneath the city doing hard labor and where they are seen as numbers, no longer as people. One day the son of one of the wealthiest men in the city falls in love with a girl who gives hope to the workers. Once he sees the reality they live in he decides to fight for them.

Now this is a movie where some things do seem silly now, but the message it brings is clear. I was very impressed by the looks of this movie and it’s enough reason to watch it. You can’t help to be impressed knowing that some shots were achieved by exposing the same piece of film tens of times to get the effects realised. This must have been the Avatar of its day (although it wasn’t a big success at the time)

Score: 8

  • mistylayne says:

    Excellent write up! This has also been on my list to see forever due to the classic nature but similarly I haven’t watched it yet because it’s really long and silent and you really have to be in the right kind of mindset for that.

    October 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks a lot! It’s really worth seeing to be amazed by what was accomplished

      October 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm
  • Raghav says:

    Love the film… I saw the restored version and it was brilliant

    October 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Read your review about it a while, it really is.

      October 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm
  • ckckred says:

    This is one of my favorite films. It’s interesting to see how Metropolis changed movies, especially with its futuristic buildings (Blade Runner was clearly inspired by this). Nice review.

    October 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it definitely has had some impact on movies after it.

      October 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm
  • VictorsMovieReviews says:

    Nice review.

    I was impressed w/ the look of the film, but not the implementation of the story. I didn’t buy into it.

    October 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I can understand that.

      October 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm
  • keith7198 says:

    Great movie that I haven’t revisited in years. Nice review!

    October 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Keith!

      October 12, 2012 at 8:00 am
  • fernandorafael says:

    Nice post. This has been in my to-watch list forever as well. I

    October 10, 2012 at 10:35 pm
    • fernandorafael says:

      Nice post. This has been in my to-watch list forever as well. I should see it soon.

      October 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm
      • Nostra says:

        It’s an interesting watch

        October 12, 2012 at 8:00 am
  • Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema) says:

    I havent seen this, which I am embarrassed to say. I must get around to that!!

    In the first image the dude on the left looks just like Fassbender!

    October 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah Scott, he kind of looks like him!

      October 12, 2012 at 8:00 am
  • Nic says:

    Bah! I hate when people do this. Someone always ends up watching a movie on my “movies I really want to watch, but tend to find a reason not to right now” and the give it a good right up. Makes me feel more obligated to watch the movie and pissed that I haven’t yet.

    October 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Hahaha, sorry Nic, hope you will be able to check it out soon.

      October 12, 2012 at 8:01 am
  • grantfitzgerald says:

    Loved this film, a favorite of mine after just one viewing. Incredible!

    October 12, 2012 at 7:29 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yes it is!

      October 12, 2012 at 8:01 am
  • Sam Fragoso says:

    This is also on my to-watch list, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    Will come back to your column when I see the picture. Keep up the overall good work Nostra.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:00 am
    • Nostra says:

      I can imagine, it’s a daunting task to plan this one in :)

      Looking forward in finding out your thoughts about it.

      October 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm
  • Eric says:

    This is one of the last remaining films in my project. Can’t wait to finally see it.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    • Nostra says:

      So it wion’t be long before you get around to seeing it I assume…

      October 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm
  • Natalie Stendall says:

    Great post. This movie is on my watch list… need to see it soon.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Hope you’ll be able to soon Natalie!

      October 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm
  • Mark Hobin says:

    My favorite silent film of all time. I know it’s a bit controversial to say this, but I also adore Giorgio Moroder’s reedit as well.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm
    • Nostra says:

      My favorite silent movie is probably a Buster Keaton one, although I really was blown away by the way this movie looked.

      October 17, 2012 at 8:30 am

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