Fig.1. Metropolis poster 1927
Fritz Lang's silent black and white movie Metropolis is another example of German brilliant cinematography. Movie was released in 1927 and formed basis for science - fiction movie scene. It is one of those time less classics that withstand test of time. Influence of Metropolis could be seen in such films as Jurassic Park, Titanic and even in acts of pop stars such as Lady Gaga or Kylie Minogue.
“From this film, in various ways, descended not only Dark City but Blade Runner, The Fifth Element, Alphaville, Escape From L.A., Gattaca, and Batman's Gotham City. ” (Rogert Ebert, 1998)
Metropolis is telling story about futuristic city in 20th century. Life in there is divided in two different worlds. One of them is underground race, dirty place where are all the machines and workers working like a slaves. Meanwhile above them are living rich, elite - race people of the city their comfortable lives.
Fig.2: overworked man in underground
Fig.3: The Upper class
“Metropolis predicts the ideologies of class and race of the 20th century,.. ” (Peter Bradshaw, 2010)
Joh Fredersen is a reckless businessman who manages city. One day, his son Freder see beautiful Maria from the subterranean city in the Pleasure Gardens. He is fascinated by her charm and kindness, so he decide to learn more about workers life in the underground world. Therefore he seeks out heartless genius Rotwang who knows all the secrets.
As Joh is following Rotwang into the depths of underground city he find out about worker's hard life. He see worker who almost passed out from fatigue. Joh feel terribly sorry for him so he exchange his life with the worker for one day.
Meanwhile vicious scientist Rotwang invented woman machine in which he's planning to reincarnate innocence Maria, because workers look up to her. Therefore Rotwang could easily take control over the machines and destroy the city.
Fig.4.Transformation of Maria into the machine
“Mass media manipulate the masses’ thoughts and feelings on a daily basis, tricking them into loving their oppression. Popular culture is the entertainment branch of mass media and pop music is the fun way to communicate the elite’s message to the youth.” (The Vigilant Citizen website)
Viewing this film today is a breath taking experience. Even that the film was released almost hundred years ago, it is so close to the reality nowadays. Not just because of machines that almost all of them became reality throughout the years, but also for the society conditions. The elite symbolize the head of the city, people in elite class are the thinkers. The underground class symbolize hands of the thinkers, the workers are not supposed to think they just have to work for elite class. The Maria machine symbolize medium through which head can control hands. Those symbols can be seen in many countries, where people in the middle class are receiving information throughout mass media. But their receiving just part of the informations that the thinkers decided to give them and the main weapons of the upper class - thinkers are technology and science.
“The buried message is powerful: Science and industry will become the weapons of demagogues.” (Rogert Ebert, 1998)
Fig.1. Metropolis poster 1927 http://www.goldposter.com/17264/
Fig.2. Overworked man in underground http://mumbyatthemovies.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/review-revisited-metropolis-1927.html
Fig.3: The Upper class  http://dannifoleycaa.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/metropolis-1927.html;
Fig.4. Transformation of Maria into the machine http://spicymoviedogs.com/metropolis-by-fritz-lang/