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1926

Film: Metropolis. Author: Fritz Lang

Recollections

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the begining of my fasinition with scifi

1973 at local school in a social study class looking at the future of sociaty.

Disturbingly fascinating

Like many people of my generation I grew up in the TV age as a child just straddling that time where televisions were still something of a rarity, so it was on TV at home that I first saw Metropolis. It was part of the late night schedule BBC2 used to run. I remember being fascinated by the expressiveness of the characters who had to convey this nightmare vision without sound. As an early teen in the 1970s I was mesmerised by the creation of the robot woman and all the visions of the towering buildings, while being frightened by the underworld, which reminded me of the mines, where the distinction between man and machine became more and more blurred.

Truly Inspiring

Late 80s, early 90s. So I was in my mid teens.

Above the rest

University days. I'd never known so many sci fi freaks in one place before.

Discovered treasure.

I encountered this film in 1952 at the Station Film Club at RAF Yatesbury where I was training to be an Air Wireless Mechanic. I was an eighteen-year-old National Serviceman.

Problem like Maria

I think I was around 14. I watched the version with the Moroder score when it was first shown on Channel 4.

Pygmailion serves Marx

I saw the Jeff Mills version at the South Bank, I think it was 2001 or 2002. SO just around 30.

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