Posted on 11/19/12 07:02 AM
Out of admiration and reverence, Fritz Langâ(TM)s METROPOLIS has seized me with its utterly âmission-impossibleâ? scale of a dystopian world (weighing against its time), the avant-garde structural grandeur and a stiflingly rigid and consistently overpowering score. What I watched is a 119 min DVD edition out around 2002, surely this revamped version has maximized the completeness of this allegorical chef d'oeuvre, the overt omissions of certain parts have inevitably and massively stunted the narrative arc.
Itâ(TM)s a gnawing wrestle between my conscience and my criterion on films to finalize the rating as 8 out of 10, but honestly if there will be a complete version, minimally a 9 out of 10 is without any dispute. Personally cinemaâ(TM)s silent era is my Achillesâ(TM) heel, my lack of experience has inflicted ill at ease on me while adjusting myself with the puppet-like performances (excluded the pseudo-zombie marching of the mass of workers, which is a masterly gambit) and the over-dramatic formalism (Iâ(TM)m much more of a methodology cinephile). Among the cast, a fearless Bridgitte Helm shines while strenuously emanating her bent through the grappling between good and evil.
Also its heavy-handed political metaphor is too blatant, for example, with the over-elaborated fomentation of the workers, it might suits the ideological reality at that time, but weirdly enough, it may also prompt some irksome jitteriness and fall into a set-up as propaganda cliche (the witch-staking bluff is tiresome, why woman should always be the avatar of all the moral frailties?).
So if one must select its most striking merits (historically speaking), my personal pick is the ingenious futuristic design, which miraculously has not been sullied at all by the merciless time passing by, it is still daunting and awe-inspiring to picture how Lang and his team could accomplish their work then without the assistance of CGI technology. In the Sci-Fi genre, METROPOLIS is a bona file trail blazer and keeps being the inspiration of many of its posterity almost one century later.