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Metropolis (BFI Modern Classics / BFI Film Classics)

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Metropolis is a monumental work. On its release in 1925, after sixteen months' filming, it was Germany's most expensive feature film, a canvas for director Fritz Lang's increasingly extravagant ambitions. Lang, inspired by the skyline of New York, created a whole new vision of cities. One of the greatest works of science fiction, the film also tells human stories about lov ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by British Film Institute (first published November 26th 2000)
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Elsaesser does a great job of covering the different aspects of Metropolis in this book without dwelling too deep upon heavy interpretation or too trivial aspects of the film. Essentially, this covers just about all the general info you might want about the film, which is thoroughly satisfying.
some interesting interpretations of the narrative, but I would have liked to have read more about the actual 18 month production of the film.
Good context on the discovered lost footage and great photos. The critical apparatus is a bit pretentious, but what else would one expect?
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