Monday, March 10, 2008


Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) is regarded by some as one of the best films ever created. I'll withhold judgement until I see a better copy; the VHS from the library was nearly unwatchable. If it is as truly great as some of the scenes seemed they could be, it is well worth a Criterion DVD. I did find it absorbing, even though it appeared to be through fog on a lake. The Moloch scene was truly incredible - humans being sacrificed in lock-step to the insatiable machine. I want to see this one, restored.

1 comment:

Jacqueline said...

I saw the film some years ago, and it left an impression with me such that I remember the rigidity and pulse of the music.

As it happens, I'm looking forward to a talk about The Very Modern World of Fritz Lang by Dr Mark Bould at uni next week that includes a showing of the film afterwards.

It will be interesting to see if it is as I remember it.