Friday, January 14, 2011

Metropolis

The starter of science fiction.



Metropolis (1927) was the first movie with a theme based in the future. The whole design of the city and the robot was amazing for that time. All future dystopian movies owe a debt towards the director of this movie, Fritz Lang. The movie Metropolis is very remarkable in many respects.

 “Together with the huge sceneries which were built as high as two meters, some such as the gigantic heart machine for the production of the energy were built in life size. The architecture is doubtless one of the most important aspects which forms the fascination of this movie. The buildings and the environment were created by the great Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut and Karl Vollbrecht as well as Walter Schulze-Mittendorf, who was responsible for the roboter and the sculptures.



Taken everything into consideration many future films like Dr. Strangelove were highly influenced by this. It is a true masterpiece.

I have seen parts of this movie so far. However, I read a few days ago that earlier in 2010 they remastered a part of the movie that was very rare. Fact is that there are only a few copies left in the world. In 2008 they have found a 16mm copy of it in a museum in Sao Paulo, the original copy. When it was shown in the US the movie initially was cut from 153 minutes to 90 when it was first aired. When they collected all the bits together they have finally released a full version last year.




Gonna see this these days definitely, actually found a 720p copy =]

Anyone else seen or at least heard of it?

History!!!!!!!


//citations taken from: <http://www.cyranos.ch/metrop-e.htm>

36 comments:

  1. This movie is arguably the first cyberpunk. Truly one of the greatest films made.

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  2. the movie is on youtube too split in 2 parts or so. It's really a must-watch for a sci-fan fan.

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  3. I watched this for my film class, it is a good one.

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  4. @Buckaroopopcorn, well in some way, yes. But I would have to say that A Clockwork Orange is more of a starter for the whole culture.

    Yet this is sci-fi first =]

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  5. Truly a masterpiece and you have to watch it at least once...

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  6. I'll have to check this out. I love old movies. My favorite is Modern Times. Great take on technology which can still be applied today, and surprisingly funny for being old-style humor. Charlie Chaplin mistaking cocaine for salt = awesome.

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  7. off course I've heard about it, it's a classic, but I've never seen it, though I think I would probably like it. I do adore sf.

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  9. Fantastic! And OF COURSE i´ve not only heard of it but seen it already- at least 10 times *hahaha* it´s a classic!
    Great post :)
    R.

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  10. The special effects look better than most movies I see on "The Son of Svengoolie."

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  11. Truly a fantastic movie. The storyline is a bit strange, but is very skillfully executed. Very interesting blog! will definitely follow. Oh, and check out my poetry blog if you have the time! Cheers!

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  12. Lol, the future in the past rocks my present.

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  13. i'm gonna try and find that 720p copy right now.

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  14. I love classic movies! This looks beautiful :)

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  15. pretty sick looking :) i'll have to check this out when i have the chance

    ...might i make a teeeeency suggestion though? :3 it gets laggy with scrolling down the page when you embed more than one video so... perhaps you could just include a hyperlink for those of us who don't have fast computers? xD just a suggestion though lol


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  16. Woah...I never really thought about the first sci fi movie, looks awesome!I'll definitely check it out

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  17. damn the future looks crazy, followed!

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  18. @Aaron I might strip down the blog a bit on its visuals to make it easier for different PCs

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  19. this is history man
    awesome movie gotta check it

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  20. definitely heard of it but haven't got the chance to watch.

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  21. This looks sweel, cant wait to check it out ;D

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  22. lol, I got this on my HDD never watched it I even forgot what it was

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  23. looks interesting. Will have to look for it

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  24. looks fucking strange. a deffo must see

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  25. you definitely need to check out the rescore of this.

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  26. I want watch this, looks cool

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