Today, while I was writing a review of Emile Zola’s immortal novel: Germinal, I thought of Metropolis. Directed by Fritz Lang, this silent film from 1927 has had a number of face lifts over the years. My personal favorite is the 1984 version in which Giorgio Moroder added a soundtrack with music by various rock artists including Adam Ant and Freddie Mercury. The screenshot to the left gives the impression that Metropolis is a robot movie and places it in the sci-fi genre, but to my mind it’s really a surreal horror addressing a certain little problem that we humans seem to be running into time after time after time, and it’s the same problem so brilliantly presented in Germinal: Some people get to live in the light feeding off of those who live in the dark.
since Metropolis, there have been a number of movies and television episodes with this same theme for example: that horrible 2013 film Elysium as well as the Star Trek episode about the troglodytes: “The Cloud Minders” but of course all of these other iterations are redundant as far as movie world goes, since Metropolis did it magnificently back in 1927. It’s an amazing film that should always appear in the top ten of any list, and it’s laughable to think that Shawshank would ever be placed above it.