Depths.Fritz has been shooting the same scenes many times before he is satisfiedwith it. The most amazing aspect of the film is the fact that some visualeffects were created for the film by Eugen Schufftan, for instance theSchufftan process which tends to give the illusion that actors are in a smaller environment. Furthermore, the scientist's robot was sculpted by Walter Shulze-Mittendorff using Maria's plaster cast to obtain her body's shape. Wecan see that the use of effects was successfully done, for instance the shotsof the traffic and the explosion of the machine in which they used modelconstructions.Lang was shooting the same shots many times before he is satisfied with it,it is likely he needed many people during the filming and that it took him awhile to film it considering the film length.
"Metropolis took an astounding 310 days to shoot in 1926, requiring theservices of hundreds of technicians"(French, 2010).
The tower of Babel appears to be one the most noticeable influences in thefilm as it shows the tension and lack of agreement between the intellectualsand the workers. Even though the film has been and is still considered as onthe great achievements of the silent era, it received critics such as H.GWells, who considered the film as a foolishness and cliche and stated hefound parts of the story based on shelley's Frankenstein, Karel Capeck'srobot stories and his novel The sleeper Awakes.
" In his article about Metropolis, Wells doesn't mince his words. "I haverecently seen the silliest film; I do not believe it is possible to make one sillier.It gives in one eddying concentration almost every possible foolishness,