March 17, 2005

Metropolis: speechless!

I found Metropolis to be quite an interesting film. The first thing that was noticed while watching it (well, other than the fact that it did not have words) was that there was a ten hour clock rather than a twelve hour clock. Towards the middle of the film, there was a worker moving the clock hands looking pretty exhausted saying that ten hours of work is torture.

One other thing that I feel is very important was the lighting of the film. It got darker and fuzzier in some places of which I feel are important. Such as when Maria was speaking of the mediator soon to come, there was a fuzzy, darker circle around her and the lighting on her face was bright. In a way, it made her stick out more and makes the viewer feel that she is a more interesting character in this film.

Well, after pointing that out, I just want to say that this whole film reminds me of the Industrial Revolution. The thinkers remind me of the bourgeois and the workers reming me of the proletariats. The thinkers tell the workers what to do without getting physically involved in doing it themselves. The workers go in steadily and the workers going out of the workplace are walking more slowly. Their lives seem to revolve around the machines. The son is the only one who isn't a worker that seems to think that the pressure on them is wrong. The idea of the people making the plans for the city and the workers building them was stressed by the actor Maria. She said that the brain and hand need a mediator and need to come together--the heart is more important than the two.

Well, Maria's appearance is placed on a robot who turns the workers against the people who are the thinkers (and pretty much watch them work). She (the robot) puts the idea in their head to revolt and to destroy the machines.

I feel that the seven deadly sins were perfect to put into this film, due to robot Maria transforming people to think in different (bad) ways. I feel that that was very representative to the robot's actions.

It turns out at the end of the film, the son is the mediator; the one who joins the brain and the hand together. This turns out to be a happily ever after sort of film, but in it's own unique way.

Posted by Anne Stadler at March 17, 2005 10:42 PM | TrackBack
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