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Metropolis

Metropolis

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 Space and Environment: Film Review
Director: Fritz LangMetropolis is a German expressionistic silent film made in 1927 and directed byFritz Lang. The film is about city where wealthy people own vast towercomplexes who oppress workers who live in the depths below. The story followsupon the life of Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) who is the son of the master of the city.He encounters a young woman named Maria (Brigitte Helm) who believes in theequality of the two classes, and believes a meditator will come to unite the twohalves of city. However the peace and equality that Maria wants to protest isinterfered by a mad scientist whose invention of the machine man jeopardizescorrupts the whole city.As seen in figure one, the architectural design reflects upon an industrial city but also it has futuristic elements. Lang was said to be influenced by the cityscape of New York.
Fritz Lang claimed to have been inspired to make Metropolis by his
 fi
rst  glimpse of the New York 
skyline.’ 
 
(bfi,
 2012)
You can see how he was influencedby New York 
s architectural design, in the 1930
s.
Metropolis
Figure 1 Figure 2
 
 Space and Environment: Film Review
The scene of which the machine-man had appeared (shown in figure 3) in wasdescribed to be one of the most influential scenes throughout history.
“Lang's
impossibly vast skyscraper-ziggurats (inspired, it's said, by his first view of theManhattan skyline) are the blueprint for nearly every science-fiction movie city of 
the past 30 years.” 
(Halter, 2007).
The human-woman design was said to be ahuge influence upon the creation of C3PO.Figure four shows Maria, a character who Lang used to express the idea of equality between workers. In this film, Lang strongly contrasts the rich against the poor workers, he shows the bad treatment and lack of acknowledge of achievement at work that poor workers have. Lang uses the mystery of themachine man to build up mystery and excitement for the audience, however at the end all is chaos.
 
‘Fritz Lang has an overt message in mi
nd, one that almost becomes didactic, that those in power should treat the lower class with
compassion.” (Ring,2010)
Lang uses this scene to depict the bad relationshipbetween workers, which could represent the destruction of the city, asrepresented in his film.
Figure 3Figure 4
 
 Space and Environment: Film Review
References:
 
Ring, Robert, 2010, http://scifiblock.com  Accessed online on 26
th
 
Helter, Ed (2007) , http://www.villagevoice.com  Accessed online on 26
th
October, 2012http://www.villagevoice.com/2007-07-10/film/back-to-the-future/
 
British Film Institute, http://explore.bfi.org.uk   Accessed online on 26th October, 2012
 
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