In 1927, Fritz Lang released a
film in Germany that left the audiences in such future shock, they left
the theaters. This film was "Metropolis". The robot, Maria, was created by Rotwang, but it was at the insistence
of Joh Frederson, Master of Metropolis. She was created to be the direct
likeness of Maria, one of the worker's daughters. Joh's son Feder was in
love with Maria- which didn't sit too well with Joh. Phew! I hope his wife didn't look like this!
This silent movie is fascinatingly eerie.
Metropolis is my favorite black
and white film. It is also a favorite of students of art as well
as film. Fritz Lang was well ahead of his time, and possibly ours.
This film shows inventions such as television, well before the fact, and
many others. It is said that film maker George Lucas patterned the
droid C3PO after Maria from his favorite film as a film student, Metropolis.
Can you see the resemblance?
In the 80's, there was a reemergence
of the film, and many rock stars of the time participated in the new release
which had a sound track that included Pat Benatar and Dokken, just to name
a few. The film was not colorized, but given tints such as sepia
and blue tones. It is safe to say that this film has developed cult
following. The Masudaya company has even produced a model of
If you are a true robot fan, please
check this film out. It is available at video rental stores, as well
as Amazon Books.
Special thanks goes to Christine Young for helping me with a few details. She has written a fantastic essay published on Flickhead.
Find out more about Metropolis in a far greater depth than I can even
imagine to cover on this site. Please check out her page HERE.
Metropolis- Rome has done a very nice job!
Walk through- This is a very unique approach that I would have
never thought of!
Flickhead: Christine Young's Metropolis Essay