2017 Blind Spot Series: Metropolis
What I knew going in: That the film was once lost, then mostly recovered with a few title cards to fill in the gaps.
December was a rough go at the Blind Spot. My original pick was Cinema Paradiso, but it's been stuck in "Very Long Wait" hell on Netflix all year. So I held a twitter poll on what I should replace it with, and In The Heat Of The Night won. Then what do you know, Very Long Wait there too. None of these films were on Youtube or Daily Motion. I'm sure I could've found them on Vodlocker but the audio is always out of sync towards the end so I had to go with what came in 2nd on the Twitter poll. Good ol' Metropolis. And look at that, Netflix has it on instant stream.
Set in the year 2026, a futuristic city is run by lowly workers underneath the streets and buildings the upper class call home. One day Freder ( Gustav Fröhlich) sees a beautiful woman (Brigitte Helm) and follows her underground to see the workers that fuel the city. He never knew about them, and they're in need of a liberation.
Guys, what the fuck is this movie? Somewhere in my medicine filled haze (get your flu shot, everyone) I managed to forget this was a silent film. Mind you, this film is 2 and 1/2 hours. I have a hard time focusing on silent films I always have, I hate that I can't enjoy this medium but it just doesn't work for me.
All of the performances are over the top. They always are in silent pictures. I can definitely see why sci fi writers today are inspired by this film. One thing I appreciate about the movie was the scope of it. This was filmed in the 20's and this production looks huge. There's hundreds of extras around the main characters for most of the movie. I have to commend that. That is no easy feat. I just wish film worked as a whole for me. It felt all over the place and dragged in parts. I ended up enjoying a few of the title cards explaining the film more than I enjoyed the scenes I was watching. The prelude of this film alone is 60 minutes, and the exciting stuff doesn't happen until towards the end.
I'm glad I watched this. I think this is oldest film I've watched if I don't count a few Charlie Chaplin shorts. This is also one of my father's favorite films and I was really hoping I'd like it too so we could nerd out to it together, but alas. That was not in my stars.
Memorable Quote: "Let them die! Kill them! The Machines!" - Maria (Brigette Helm)