March 17, 2005

Metropolis

Besides the fact that I found Metropolis to be one of the longest, most tedious movies I have ever seen in my life; I actually found some points in the movie that peaked my interest.

I found it interesting that they had the city divided into parts. It reminded me of the class system but somewhat harsher. There was the master of the city and his family at the top of the city, his employees, and then the workers city at the bottom of that. And it seems as if the workers worked to keep the city moving. They worked 10 hours a day and then another set of workers would substitute in for them.

What I found most interesting about the workers and the great machine that they worked on was the clock they had. The clock which was manually moved by a worker for 10 hours was only a 10 hour clock. I thought that was very depressing.

I was annoyed with this movie throughout but I was trying to focus on important aspects and what I am supposed to get out of it. I think that the best statement of the movie was when Maria stated to the workers that “there must be a medium between the planners of the city and the hands that created the city.” I thought this was an extremely true and relevant statement. Not only in the 1920’s but in today’s society also, just because you came up with the plans doesn’t make you better than the people who have the ability to make your plans come to life.

I was happy to see, not only the ending finally, but what occurred between the workers (who really didn’t care about their children) and the master of the city. A happy ending to a real sad but somewhat true story of society.

In an essay written by Dennis Jerz he states that, "Metropolis" influenced other films about technological advancement such as, Hugh Ferriss's "The metropolis of tomorrow" and Geddes's Horizons".

Influencing these artists "not just in the design of urban skyscrapers but also in the manner in which they emphasized temming masses of humanity moving through the streets-less like blood through networks of veins, and more like a vicous fluid pressed into tightly regulated streams, lubricating a great urban machine."


Also related to the topic of futuristic technology in America, is T"he Americanization of Expressionism: The Hairy Ape and The Adding Machine."

Here we discuss America's expermentation through plays in order to explore the technological advancements of the future. On page 17 they discuss robots versus man and the robots role in the playwright Karel Capek's R.U.R (Rossum's Universal Robots) which also "draws on the madness of science but specifically observes that an obsession with material productivity occludes consideration of the soul from the moral philosophies of capitalist opporunitites and radical labor agitators alike."

Which reminded me of Frankenstein and how the scientist became obsessed with playing God and creating a living creature that he claimed to be a human being. But in the end was the nothing but a monster and turned on him anyway. So that leaves the question with all these advancements in technology, is man going to far? Will it turn on him too?

Posted by Denishia Salter at March 17, 2005 02:16 PM
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Metropolis RULES!!!!!

I could watch it almost daily, lol. I'm even looking at the poster I have for the movie on my wall above my computer, as I type this.

Then again, I am kind of a nerd.

Mike

Posted by: Mike Sichok at March 18, 2005 01:19 AM
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