movies, silent movies

Can you dig it? I knew that you could.

Last night Alex and I saw Metropolis at the Royal down on Santa Monica. It was pretty fantastic, especially on the big screen. Sometimes I forget how wonderfully artistic – and dramatic – silent movies can be. In case you are unfamiliar, Metropolis is a 1927 sci-fi movie about a futuristic city run by workers (“the hands”) and inhabited by the planners (“the mind”). Eventually the workers begin to be convinced that they are living unjustly, and things start getting crazy.

The movie was just recently restored with 30 minutes of extra footage thought to have been lost, making it just over 2 and a half hours long. It was also one of the most expensive film productions of all time, and had over 37,000 extras. All I can say is: epic.

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3 thoughts on “Can you dig it? I knew that you could.

  1. !! we watched Metropolis for my robots literature class. isn't it neat? it was huge in culturally defining how we picture “the future,” and after every movie we watched after that someone would point out how it was influenced by Metropolis. how was the soundtrack?

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  2. the soundtrack was pretty great…i've had the main theme stuck in my head all day, haha. i think there are other versions of it, but the original score is definitely the best.

    and yeah, i didn't realize how influential the movie was until after i saw it. C3PO was modeled after the 'machine man'!

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