Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Stuck in Metropolis


Last week in my film class, I finally had a chance to watch Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. I have to say, for a silent film, it is pretty good. Unlike The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, I didn’t feel the urge to sleep, which my friend actually did.


Ever since watching it, I’ve felt like I’m stuck in my own little Metropolis. Unfortunately, I’m not above ground in the cult of the sons. Nope, I’m definitely in the unhappy hole that is the workers’ city. I wish I could be a peacekeeper like Maria, but I don’t have that luxury. I’m the man at the clock, constantly moving the arms to the lights that flicker around the clock. I can’t stop. Stopping equals disaster. In the end, I myself become like the machine. Instead of Maria becoming the robot, I do. My brain is not my own, it is controlled by my professors and other superiors. Hopefully, my human self can destroy the robot me and flee to the world above ground. Until then, I’ll be living in Metropolis.

Sorry if this is deep. This is what happens when I watch deep movies and take two poetry classes. I get into very reflective/introspective moods. Next week, we’re watching Horse Feathers in film class so I think I’ll be in a better mood!

7 comments:

Lauren said...

This sounds like an awesome film class!

I wonder if my school will have a film class like this!

Lauren

Juliette. said...

Neat-- glad you stayed awake. :)

What do you think the difference was between this and Dr. Caligari (alertness-wise)?

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Maggie said...

This saturday our oragn professor is showing Metropolis and accompanying it live. Last year he did Phantom of the Opera, and it was fabulous. Alas, I can't go this year because I'm going to Atlanta this weekend for my Jeopardy audition :(

Genevieve said...

Lauren: Its a super fun class! I bet your school will have at least one film class. Even some community colleges offer a film class!

Juliette: Well, I'm not a fan of silent films in the first place so starting off with Caligari as my first was not good. I think it has to do with the poor quality of the print and the annoying film score that was added.

Gingerfan11: Thank you! I love Ginger too so I'll definitely check it out!

Maggie: Oh my gosh, that is so cool! We had the Alloy orchestra in town not too long ago. They played to The Black Pirate but I was out of town : (

Good luck on your Jeopardy audition! Super cool, hope you make it : )

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