Metropolis (1927)

Dir. Fritz Lang
My rating: 8.5/10

A very interesting film, if a bit heavy handed with its message. I was quite glad to discover that watching the film at this time I was actually able to view the most complete construction of the original film since it was first released, thanks to reels newly discovered in 2010. Visually I love this movie, after I watched it I was thinking about it for hours, the construction of the city and the cinematography used by Lang are amazing, but by far the most compelling aspect of the film was Brigitte Helm’s performance as the Machine Man/Maria; the way she was able to act so differently, going from a kind, motherly, Virgin Mary-like figure, to becoming a crazed, demonic robot woman, with her choppy, robotic movements and wide-eyed stare, simply amazing.

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