Metropolis is a German expressionist film directed in 1927, by Fritz Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou. Metropolis is a silent film with intertitles, produced by German production company UFA, the film has a powerful visual design, communist subtext and religious imagery and is still currently considered one the the greatest silent films of all time. The film originally premiered in Germany but, rather quickly, edited and cut to be released in the United States and later U.K. but this will be discussed in greater detail. Furthermore, Metropolis premiered in Berlin on January tenth, 1927 and was filmed during 1925 initially with a budget of one million Reichsmarks (Minden, Michael, Bachmann, Holger 12) and finished costing five million Reichsmarks. Until this time no other movie has cost as much...
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...oes not fully work and can not be trusted. Many of Lang’s films, involving the justice system, end with a result caused by chance and not the effectiveness of the legal system. A view not normally seen by Hollywood films caused the excitement and change needed, by using techniques not normally used with the location (Hollywood) in which the film was made.
Fritz Lang is a man who is and will be known as one of the greatest film makers of all time. The techniques as well with visual amazement can separate his movie from many others, over his career of participating in some way of over 55 films. His ability to design his films in a way that will withstand time and many other criticism is extraordinary and the reason why his many American and German films are still compared and analyzed a long time after they were made and will continue to be discussed for a long time.
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