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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. 

[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2011-04-25 02:16 pm (UTC)
You must admit - Robot Maria is a pretty slinky looking robot...

I liked the jazzed-up Georgio Moroder version with the rock sountrack, but you can't get that on DVD because it's just not cool:-(

The bulging eyes-school of acting is quite bizarre, too. And the sets remind me of our dear old munitions factory, which is probably not at all surprising.
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