(from a Dystopian literature: a theory and research guide)
pg 347 – Depiction of a dehumanized urban population enslaved to the machines they tend at the behest tyrones.
– German Expressionism
pg 348 – Inspired by New York City.
– Reminiscent of H.G Wells’s when the sleeper awakes
N.Q over exaggeration of capitalism with “masters” (lives of extravagant and hedonistic pleasure) , and workers.
pg 348. – oppressed workers are kept from rebelling by their reverence for maria, a charismatic leader who preaches a doctrine of moderation and compassion.
– Jon Frederson, fascinated with Maria descends to the machine room […] becomes sympathetic to the worker’s cause
pg 349 – Metropolis is far more important for its striking visual images of modern anxiety over technology & urbanization than for its plot.
- Fantastic explanations of the movie trickery in Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis,’ 1927 (dangerousminds.net)
- Metropolis (1927) (timneath.wordpress.com)
- Film Noir and German Expressionism (jozeru.wordpress.com)
- Industrial futures: Lang’s Metropolis (btbennett.wordpress.com)