Metropolis And Metropolis

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“For me, cinema is a vice. I love it intimately” (Fritz Lang). This is an extremely powerful quote, showing the dedication and love for cinematography, by influential filmmaker, screenwriter, and on rare occasions an actor; Fritz Lang. Metropolis (1927) and Fury (1936) are two films both directed by Fritz Lang, with some similarities and many differences, with focus on the difference of locations (where the films were influenced, produced, distributed and exhibited). It is hypothesized that these differences in Fritz Lang’s filmmaking were influenced by the political culture of the locations, Germany or America and the time period they were made. With Fritz Lang’s two largest periods of work happening in Germany and Hollywood (America) there…show more content…
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 as Metropolis. This could be due to futuristic style set in an urban dystopian setting. UFA being so confident in the project along with a promotion campaign requested some journalist and film critics to come see scenes from the film as they were being shot (filmed) (Minden, Michael, Bachmann and Holger 16). Metropolis is also a film that used not very well known and acting talent when it came to the actors in the film. The special effects aided Metropolis a lot in creating cohesion with the setting, Some groundbreaking effects are a camera on a swing, miniatures made of the city as well as the Schüfftan process, where mirrors are used so it seems that the actors are occupying these…show more content…
First, will be reasoning for the initial negative reviews of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. When originally released there was a lot of confusion among film critics with some reviews claiming the film to be a visual masterpiece and others like H.G. Wells declaring Metropolis as “foolishness, cliché, platitude, and muddlement about mechanical progress and progress in general" (H.G. Well’s Review) although most of the reviews found err on negative side. When looking at Metropolis, the film was produced by the well known German production company UFA. UFA was originally founded as a propaganda arm for the German general staff in WWI (Kreimer 288). This gave UFA a lot of power as well as responsibility with promotion of the film, declaring Metropolis as a “national epic projected into the future” (Testa 179-183). This directly affected the film negatively as this was not the film made by Fritz Lang. When researching early reviews of the film, many discuss the disappointment of expectations, this would be caused directly from promotions and less on Fritz Lang. Metropolis was only released in its original form for two weeks, before it was edited and rereleased, and the initial bad reviews done are acknowledged by Bart Testa (2002), where he

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