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Discovered treasure.

Ian cuthbert writes about Metropolis

Fritz Lang


Film: Metropolis.
Creator: Fritz Lang

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Yes. There are some anachronistic elements in it, but nevertheless the story still grips.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

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.

Recollection and revelations

Some aspects of the film are quaint - especially the vision of the world in the year 2000! It showed me facets of a political struggle that was not new then and continues today. This film is one of the few silent films that I can be bothered to watch. Recently a newspaper gave away a DVD of Metropolis in what was claimed to be the longest version now extant. Naturally, I own a copy.

Before this...

Things To Come

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