History YMMV / Metropolis

15th Nov '16 3:15:07 PM Quirderph
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** One of the few additional speial effects from the Moroder version which truly ''improved'' the movie was giving the False Maria GlowingMechanicalEyes when she opens them for the first time. It really helps to make the scene creepier.

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** One of the few additional speial special effects from the Moroder version which truly ''improved'' the movie was giving the False Maria GlowingMechanicalEyes when she opens them for the first time. It really helps to make the scene creepier.
21st Oct '16 10:57:12 AM Quirderph
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** Really, most of the Moroder version's soundtrack is pretty awesome, though YMMV whether it fits the movie or not.



* BrokenBase: Opinions on the Moroder version are sharply divided, to say the least.

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* BrokenBase: Opinions on the Moroder version are sharply divided, to say the least. Is it ''the'' way to watch the movie, due to it's AllStarCast of musicians? A good alternate take on a classic film, if not as great as the TruerToTheText versions? Decent, but only when it's a real silent film and not a damn music video? Or is it a [[{{Narm}} Narmful]] mess with GratuitousSpecialEffects comparable to [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion the special editions of the original]] Franchise/StarWars trilogy?


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** Her human form is also pretty popular, due to Brigette Helm's portrayal of her as a LaughablyEvil UncannyValleyGirl.


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** Channing Pollock apparetly thought the very concept of a RoboticSpouse was this, leading to him removing every mention of what The False Maria was built for. Unfortunately, this wasn't only a case of AdaptationExplanationExtrication, it also - along with the removal of the character Hel - led to both Rotwang and Joh Fredersen becoming less three-dimensional than they were originally.


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** The film probably still falls under this trope, as it portrays both war and segregation as bad...


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** One of the few additional speial effects from the Moroder version which truly ''improved'' the movie was giving the False Maria GlowingMechanicalEyes when she opens them for the first time. It really helps to make the scene creepier.


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** It doesn't help that the Moloch scene has some unintentional Holocaust imagery, with workers being killed by ''gas'' and then led into what looks like an enormous ''oven''...


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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: In hindsight, this is how many people view Channing Pollock's cut of the film. As each later version brings the film closer to its' original state, it becomes a case of "they changed it back, now it doesn't suck anymore."


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* UnnecessaryMakeover: Some viewers felt that The False Maria looked pretty attractive even when she was a robot. That said, the makeover ''is'' necessary InUniverse, [[JustifiedTrope since she has to look like Maria for Joh Fredersen's plan to work.]]
6th Oct '16 5:16:51 PM MrThorfan64
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** The Moloch sequence and the bit before, as the worker desperately tries to stop the machine going off, seeing the level rising. Then Freder seeing the machine turn into Moloch, who consumes the workers.
24th Jul '16 3:32:21 AM Anddrix
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* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: The 2010 version, which is closest to Lang's original cut of the film, is generally considered to be the best version. The only real compeditor is the Moroder version, which was made by people who were very famous and talented in their own right, and even that version is a case of LoveItOrHateIt. However, this trope might be subverted in that the original novel the film was based on is also a BaseBreaker, as many feel that the movie is actually better than the book.

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* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: The 2010 version, which is closest to Lang's original cut of the film, is generally considered to be the best version. The only real compeditor is the Moroder version, which was made by people who were very famous and talented in their own right, and even that version is a case of LoveItOrHateIt. However, this trope might be subverted in that the original novel the film was based on is also a BaseBreaker, divisive, as many feel that the movie is actually better than the book.
11th May '16 5:54:08 AM LokieLug
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** Yep, there is a book. It was written by the Thea von Harbou, the screenwriter and Lang's wife at the time.

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** Yep, there is a book. It was written by the Thea von Harbou, the screenwriter and Lang's wife at the time.
11th May '16 5:53:31 AM LokieLug
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** Yep, there is a book. It was written by the director's wife at the time.

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** Yep, there is a book. It was written by the director's Thea von Harbou, the screenwriter and Lang's wife at the time.
1st May '16 4:01:18 AM JulianLapostat
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* VindicatedByHistory: When it was first released it was a huge flop that nearly bankrupted Ufa, the studio that produced it. Now, it's considered the forerunner to ''all'' science fiction films ever. Including (and especially) ''Franchise/StarWars''.

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* VindicatedByHistory: When it was first released it was a huge flop that nearly bankrupted Ufa, the studio that produced it. It was also trashed critically by Lang's former admirers and friends, who considered it the weakest of his silent epics, dismissed by Creator/HGWells himself as "quite the silliest film". Now, it's considered the forerunner to ''all'' science fiction films ever. Including (and especially) ''Franchise/StarWars''.
ever, including but not limited to ''Franchise/StarWars, Film/BladeRunner, Film/TheTerminator'' and ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''.
5th Apr '16 11:42:52 PM SamMax
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* AwesomeArt: Whatever you think of the [[TechnologyMarchesOn increasingly dated]] [[ConspicuousCG CGI]], the traditional animation still holds up very well.
22nd Mar '16 12:48:31 PM Quirderph
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* HarsherInHindsight: John Freeman, the creator of Metropolis, commiting suicide and taking his city with him becomes this when - in an especially tragic case of LifeImitatesArt - Joe Brooks, the main creator of this play, commited suicide in 2011 and essentially took the Metropolis with him by forbidding others to perform the musical after his death.

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* HarsherInHindsight: John Freeman, the creator of Metropolis, commiting suicide and taking his city with him becomes this when - in an especially tragic case of LifeImitatesArt - Joe Brooks, the main creator of this play, commited suicide in 2011 and essentially took the Metropolis with him by forbidding others to perform the musical after his death.



** John freeman can sometimes be so cartoonishly evil that it becomes hard to take him seriosly.

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** John freeman Freeman can sometimes be so cartoonishly evil that it becomes hard to take him seriosly.



* PragmaticAdaptation: Steven and Maria are both given more character development and portrayed as less over the top than they were in the 1927 silent dfilm.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: Steven and Maria are both given more character development and portrayed as less over the top than they were in the 1927 silent dfilm.film.



** Warner also loses Rotwang's tragic backstory, his scheming, his importance to the plot, his hammy performance, his robotic hand, his implied usage of black magic and, by etension, everything that made the character memorable in the first place.
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Some fans of the Fritz Lang movie are rather baffled that this version of Joh Fredersen - originally portrayed by TheStoic, clean-shaven, skinny Alfred Abel - is now played by the [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]], bearded, heavyset Creator/BrianBlessed. This is made even wierder by the fact that Creator/BrianBlessed both looks and acts similar to the movie version of Grot, and would probably have been better suited for that character.

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** Warner also loses Rotwang's tragic backstory, his scheming, his importance to the plot, his hammy performance, his robotic hand, his implied usage of black magic and, by etension, extension, everything that made the character memorable in the first place.
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Some fans of the Fritz Lang movie are rather baffled that this version of Joh Fredersen - originally portrayed by TheStoic, clean-shaven, skinny Alfred Abel - is now played by the [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]], bearded, heavyset Creator/BrianBlessed. This is made even wierder by the fact that Creator/BrianBlessed both looks and acts similar to much like the movie version of Grot, and would probably have been better suited for that character.
21st Mar '16 3:15:36 PM DavidCowie
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* FetishRetardant: Several viewers have felt that the scene where the False Maria dances around while wearing practically nothing is alot less sexier than it should be due to Brigette Helm's rather stiff and mechanical dance moves. They either turn the scene into {{Narm}}, or makes it terrifying by plunching it deep down into TheUncannyValley. Though considering that she is an evil robot, the latter reaction might very well be exactly what Lang was going for.

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* FetishRetardant: Several viewers have felt that the scene where the False Maria dances around while wearing practically nothing is alot a lot less sexier sexy than it should be due to Brigette Brigitte Helm's rather stiff and mechanical dance moves. They either turn the scene into {{Narm}}, or makes make it terrifying by plunching plunging it deep down into TheUncannyValley. Though considering that she is an evil robot, the latter reaction might very well be exactly what Lang was going for.
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