Fritz Lang Metropolis

Fritz Lang Metropolis

Monday 8th July 2024
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


As part of Musicfest Aberystwyth there will be a special showing of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis with a spontaneous soundtrack by Lyndon Owen (Woodwind and electronics) and Ashley John Long (Double Bass).
With its dizzying depiction of a futuristic cityscape and alluring female robot, Metropolis is among the most famous of all German films and the mother of sci-fi cinema (an influence on Blade Runner and Star Wars, among countless other films). Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang its jaw-dropping production values, iconic imagery, and modernist grandeur it was described by Luis Buñuel as ‘a captivating symphony of movement’ remain as powerful as ever. Metropolis depicts a dystopian future in which society is thoroughly divided in two: while anonymous workers conduct their endless drudgery below ground their rulers enjoy a decadent life of leisure and luxury. When Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) ventures into the depths in search of the beautiful Maria (Brigitte Helm in her debut role), plans of rebellion are revealed and a Maria-replica robot is programmed by mad inventor Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) and master of Metropolis Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel) to incite the workers into a self-destructive riot.
The sights of Metropolis are so stunning that everything else about the picture fades into the background, enabling the film’s all-consuming mythological status to take over. The 1927 film’s amazing, cutting-edge special effects and futurist vision have become tremendously iconographic and made the picture a standard of influence in science-fiction cinema. It was a technical classic of the Silent Era. Fritz Lang went out to make a film that was more expensive and grandiose in scale than anything that had come before, employing roughly 25,000 extras, massive sets, and scenes never seen before in a motion picture.”

 

 

Date(s) - Monday 8th July 2024
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm