Since the silent movies of the 1920s first flickered on the screen, the medium of film has inspired, provoked, entertained and educated. Select a film whose message or imagery resonated with you long after the credits rolled. How did it capture your imagination or affect your consciousness?
The 1920s saw the emergence of an era of silent film production. Many a silent film had moved the earth, and created an impact. In my opinion, the most brilliant film produced during that era was Fritz Lang’s 1927 production of Metropolis, of which no full copy is known to exist. Monumental in both scale of production and the themes it addresses, the film is widely regarded as the pinnacle of German Expressionist filmmaking from the 1920s.
Before Metropolis, I despised silent films, because I always thought that it was impossible to depict emotions, and forces, and anything and everything without speech and sounds. But Metropolis, truly, left me stunned. Although it may be considered a science fiction, it is, to me, a sort of technological gothic film, having influenced cults.
Metropolis is the ideal depiction of a dystopian non-ideal world. Society is divided into two groups, the workers (the hands) who live below the very modern city, and the privileged upper-class, who live on the surface of the city. Johann Joh Fredersen is the supreme commander of Metropolis, and he runs his city with an iron fist. His son Freder is initially a carefree young man, whom we see to evolve as a human being, and be the first one in the upper-class to give a thought about the lives of the workers, and hence act as the mediator between the hands and the head (Joh Fredersen).
In my opinion, Metropolis is our future. While I was watching Metropolis, I had this very weird feeling, that I wasn’t seeing something that had been fabricated, that what I was seeing was actually happening. Here, Fritz Lang introduces a complicated society filled with a metaphoric and emblematic representation...