Zach makes his way through the greatest sci-fi film of the silent era – METROPOLIS!

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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

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  1. Great podcast. I was wondering if either of you have watched the anime, Metropolis, and your thoughts on how it differs from the original source material since you both believe a re-make of this may be worthwhile.


  2. Frederick Pagliarulo Jr. (a.k.a. Darth Macho) on

    I’ve seen this movie, but it was way over my head. I am looking forward to hearing your take on this film that I couldn’t seem to wrap my mind around when I watched it.

  3. I’ve been listening to Critical Hit for quite a while, but this is the episode that started me looking at other Major Spoilers podcast. I’m quite a Fritz Lang fan, as well as a fan of silent films, and Metropolis is one of my favorites. Just a note – some of the ideas in the film that you ascribed to Fritz Lang probably derive more from Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang’s collaborator/wife. In later interviews, Lang maintained that he was not very interested in making political statements at the time. Von Harbou also wrote the novel of Metropolis at the same time, and it is quite interesting. Unfortunately, von Harbou later became a Nazi, and indeed, Hitler is reputed to have liked Metropolis, much to the annoyance of the staunchly anti-Nazi Lang.

    Your discussion of scores for silent films is interesting, too – I’ve dabbled in writing scores for a few silent films, though for me Gottfried Huppertz’s amazing score for Metropolis is something not to be messed with.

    One other note is that I interpreted Joh Fredersen’s plan with the false Maria a bit differently. I don’t think he was planning to have the false Maria preach obedience and docility to the workers; he wanted her to rouse them to rebellion so that he would have an excuse to violently crush the rebellion and discredit the revolutionaries.

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