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Metropolis

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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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Jlawrence
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concise but informative overview of Fritz Lang's epic, simultaneously awesome and ridiculous, science-fiction/fairy tale spectacle/melodrama and its iconic images: its origins (both cultural and financial), its poor initial reception (outrageously expensive, it flopped!), and its varying reinterpretations, throughout the decades (a communist stoker of class warfare, a fascist celebration of manipulation of the masses, a postmodern celebration of the city and hybrid humans).

A good deal of intrigu
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James F
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinema
A volume in the British Film Institute's Classics series, this short book deals with Fritz Lang's 1926 silent film Metropolis. There is some discussion of the origins of the film, and an interesting summary of some of the sources of the plot and the imagery. Most of the book discusses the "reception history" of this controversial film, from contemporary reviews to the cult-film remake by Morodor.

Generally, most critics were impressed by the technical aspects of the film, but considered the stor
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Danny
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Scott
Dec 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
some interesting interpretations of the narrative, but I would have liked to have read more about the actual 18 month production of the film.
Sarah
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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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