The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon – Metropolis (1927)


This is my final of three reviews for the The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon being run by Debbie over at Moon in Gemini.

Tnx for letting me take part!

“What if one day those in the depths rise up against you? ” – Freder

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – In a futuristic society where the upper and lower classes live completely separate lives, the son of the leader of the upper class falls in love with a woman from the lower class who wants to fight for equality between the classes

My Take on it – This is a great choice for a theme of a blogathon for mos people, but as many of you already know, I’ve seen so many movies over my life that it’s was quite difficult trying to actually find three great films that I had never seen before.

My original three choices were somewhat lackluster and even Debbie (the organizer of this blogathon) wasn’t that enthusiastic about my picks.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of that fact, but eventually made the decision to scour the IMDB top 250 and try and find 3 titles that I’ve never seen before and use them as my choices.

Thankfully, this idea worked quite well and I was able to feel confident that my 3 choices were indeed Great films that I’ve never seen.

For my final pick, I decided to go with a science fiction film from the silent era and see what is so special about the city where Superman fought to keep safe.

This film is truly a great concept that was made before its time.

The special effects are amazing to watch because its absolutely incredible what Director Fritz Lang managed to do with the technology and techniques available over 90 years ago.

The film’s plot and storyline has been “borrowed” so many times over the years but they still manage to keep things simple and classic by making it a story about star crossed young lovers from different classes in society who wish to find a way to unite everyone.

The story itself might be a bit too long and meanders a bit here and there, but manages to find it’s way back on track every time that it seems to wander a bit.

This film is filled with lots of imagery that have become iconic themes for films ever since and it’s quite exquisite to lok at the way this film was done especially given the fact that it was made during the silent era and is known as one of the very first science fiction films ever made.

Bottom Line – Great concept that was truly before its time. The special effects are done superbly and even over 90 years ago, this film looks fascinating throughout. The storyline has been “borrowed” quite often over the decades, but they still keep things classic where young lovers from different classes meet and want to find a way to unite the classes. The story itself meanders a bit along the way, but finds a way to properly put things back on track.  So much imagery from this film has helped it become such a classic film that is exquisite to look at especially when you think about the fact that this film was made in the silent era. Highly Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1 – Much to Fritz Lang’s dismay, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels were big fans of the film. Goebbels met with Lang and told him that he could be made an honorary Aryan despite his Jewish background. Goebbels told him “Mr. Lang, we decide who is Jewish and who is not.” Lang left for Paris that very night.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – Film included more than 37,000 extras including 25,000 men, 11,000 women, 1,100 bald men, 750 children, 100 dark-skinned people and 25 Asians. 310 shooting days were required.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #3 – Was so influential on Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster that they named their character’s city after it. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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6 thoughts on “The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon – Metropolis (1927)

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  3. Dear Rob,

    I have heard about this film before. It sounds very interesting. I think you chose a great topic for a great film you haven’t seen. This movie also belongs on my list of unseen greats! This is a very nice review.

    By the way, I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I look forward to reading your response! Here is the article: https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/the-versatile-blogger-award/. Near the end of this article, I described a new series which we are going to be starting on the website in 2019. It is called “What the Code Means to Me,” and it is a series of guest articles. I would like to invite you to participate in it! We could really use your talent.

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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