Fritz Lang's Metropolis is a very influential movie that portrays several underlying
meanings that allows the viewer to distinguish for himself. Metropolis was the first
science fiction film made, which symbolized a new mark in the film industry. It was
produced in Germany in 1927, directed by Fritz Lang. This film tells a story of the world
of thinkers and workers. The thinkers are people who live in a life of luxury. The workers
are the people who live underground working with machines, in order to support the city
The acting and the music also played an significant role in the film. The music
pleasantly complements the images with motifs for the characters, setting and action. The
ruler of the combined lower and upper cities is a cold middle-aged man named Joh
Fredersen(Alfred Abel) who also has a good hearted son named Freder
Fredersen(Gustav Frohlich). Joh Fredersen has a particular style of running
Metropolis which is some what like a dictator. Meanwhile, the workers are dissatisfied
with their brutal and dangerous working conditions. They attend a meeting where
Maria(Brigitte Helm) makes an inspiring speech about the awaiting of a Mediator.
Soon Freder meets Maria and tells her he is the Mediator she has been speaking of.
His Father Joh Frederson wants to shield Freder from the truth by sending a thin man to
spy on him. Meanwhile Joh Frederson discovered the existence of a Robot created by the
scientist Rotwang(Rudolf Klein Rogge). Impressred by Rotwang’s creation, Joh
Frederson wants him to make a copy of Maria to incite the workers to attack some of the
machines. He wants to replace all the workers with machines, in order to diminish the
conflicts with the workers. The result is a great flood that threatens to drown the Workers'
children and its up to Freder Frederson and Maria to save Metropolis.
One literary element which plays an...
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