Movie | Metropolis (1927)

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Title: Metropolis (1927)

Tagline: There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator.

Genre: Drama, Science Fiction

Director: Fritz Lang

Cast: Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Theodor Loos, Fritz Rasp, Erwin Biswanger, Heinrich George, Fritz Alberti, Grete Berger, Olly Boeheim, Heinrich Gotho, Gottfried Huppertz, Georg John, Margarete Lanner, Rose Lichtenstein, Hanns Leo Reich, Arthur Reinhardt, Curt Siodmak, Henrietta Siodmak, Olaf Storm, Rolf von Goth, Helen von Münchofen, Helene Weigel

Release: 1927-02-06

Runtime: 149

Plot: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.


YouTube channel UAP put out an interesting analysis of this movie.

I guess it is being suggested that the movie was made using the video footage created by the Civilization of the Builders, Society “X”, Tartary type culture...
Then, certain “proof” was created to make it look like it was actually filmed by us, the engineers of “the ugly architecture”.


The official Wiki-type narrative goes like this:
And of course, they started shooting it in 1925. What a “vision”.

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What do you think? Any opinions?
 
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    UAP seems really confused about the film itself, the production process of early-twentieth century films, and the preservation (or lack thereof) of old film in the mid-twentieth century. It’s almost as if he is responding to this one German documentary as though it were the only text about the history of Metropolis and as if he had no access to contextualising information.

    The clearest example of it is around 15:32 when he mistakes the building of the house that Fritz Lang lived in while directing the film for the construction of a film set. UAP asks ‘Where is it now, and why have these pictures not surfaced until just recently?’ When a little bit of research would tell him the buildings are still there on Schorlemrallee in Berlin-Dahlem, and that the pictures haven’t only just surfaced, they have been around for a while and the originals can be found, as far as I can work out from a quick search, in the Architecture Archives of the Akademie der Kunst in Berlin.

    He also seems to be confused that ‘the people whose job it is to preserve and archive films and edit them leave it such tattered fragments that it can’t even be pieced together’ and he compares it to organising his socks. Except by that stage the film (printed on fragile film stock) was about 35 years old, had been neglected by the Nazis, who banned it and threw the print in a basement, for 12 years; and then been neglected by the Soviets, who seized it as part of a job lot of films after the war, for another 15 years. It was not being cared for, and it’s no surprise that the fragile film stock degraded. Perhaps UAP does have a drawer full of delicate 35 year old socks, but it’s hardly the same thing.

    Those are just two examples, there are loads of other things, like not understanding why a German-made film would have a German censor’s card (all films had to have them) etc, that are red flags. I really wouldn’t put much faith in the idea behind this video at all.
     
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