Fritz Lang’s Film: Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis is an expressionist silent film that was created in Germany in 1927. It’s an early science fiction work that was directed by Fritz Lang. The film’s plot tells the story of a dystopian future city that is divided by a conflict between exploited workers class and an elite owner class. The film has endured in extremely controversial history since it was first released. Metropolis is a monumental futurist work decided dramatic influence over many issues including film, architecture and ultimately urbanism. The city represented in the film is a remarkable example of futurist ideas in the 1920s. It illustrates a future civilization with mass transportation, sky bridges, and huge skyscrapers. The film shows large vistas of the city with one enormous skyscraper referred to as the new tower of Babel. This structure high above all the other buildings in the film. It appears to represent the center of the city with aa roads leading to it. The image of the new tower of Babel has become an iconic futurist image of the 1920s. The new tower of Babel makes a visual and metaphorical referrence to the Tower of Babel. Metaphorically, the capitalism that built the tower and ultimately destroys the city.

The New Tower of Babel
The New Tower of Babel

The film Metropolis shows an extreme vision for what buildings and cities could become the future. It illustrates the world with the super highways, air transportation, and massive commercial towers. The city in the film is truly a magnificent futurist work in the 1920s.


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