Metropolis Review

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Metropolis is a silent film with dramatic ideas on technology. Using imagination of 1926s to construct the world of 2026, director Fritz Lang portrayed technology on how it changes the life-style of human beings of two classes – ruling class and workers.

With the environment of Metropolis (above ground), technology is portrayed favorably in the description of how privileged class is lived with delights. The Olympic-style races held in the orange stadium with blue sky, for example, demonstrates how enjoyment is enhanced with technology.

The tour through Metropolis let viewers understand how busy and crowded the big city is. With help of technology, architecture and painting are totally different and improved. The lives of people living above ground in 2026 are futuristic with great improvement.

The Master of Metropolis, Joh Fredersen, is one of the privileged class who forgotten to care about workers. With technology, the workers hard works are covered like working underground as described in the film.
Technology blinded the privileged class so that they did not notice all the poor working environment and accidents happened underground. Without caring and understanding, any request by the workers looks like rebellion to the privileged class.

Technology provides another solution for the privileged class instead of communication with the workers. The privileged class used technology as a tool to control the workers; they created a robot to fool the workers and tried to break their organization.

Fritz Lang showed that, in the film, technology may be good for the ruler to mislead others since most people do not understand much about technology. This is introduced by showing how people flooding their home by following the wrong instruction of the robot.

Technology is mainly portrayed unfavorably in the film, since Fritz Lang wanted to teach people not to forget the importance of communication, not to believe only in technology.


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