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Wells And Metropolis [Apr. 18th, 2011|01:28 pm]
Tony Grist
In my last post I fleetingly referred to H.G. Wells's opinion of Metropolis. Since then sovay  has very kindly pointed me to the actual review. It's a hatchet job.

I haven't seen Metropolis in about 40 years, but it's one of those films that stay with you. I agree with Wells. Metropolis is a damn silly film- with its stupid plot and mash-up of elements plagiarised from Capek, Griffith, Mary Shelley and Wells himself- but it's silly the way that dreams are silly- and movies are allowed to be more like dreams than novels are; it matters less that they should make sense or have a coherent argument. The images- if they're strong enough- by-pass logic. Yes, every single point Wells makes is pretty much on the money- but there's no way- once you've seen them-  you get to scrub those images from your brain. 
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2011-04-18 03:51 pm (UTC)
You're right; I need to seek out the restored version.

It's absolutely beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-04-18 04:09 pm (UTC)
When I was at university- an awful long time ago- a friend and I ran a "silent film society". We got to see some amazing things.
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