History YMMV / Metropolis

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.
27th Feb '16 1:27:59 AM Quirderph
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* AdaptationalContextChange: Sort of. The play keeps the line "Let's watch the world go to the devil" from the film, but it now has the workers thinking that Futura herself ''is'' the devil (as opposed to "just" a witch). This means that, as far as they are concerned, the meaning of the line changes from "Let's watch the world burn" to "Watch as I conquer the world."


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* AwesomeMusic: The soundtrack is actually really good. Even the unintentionally funny songs are rather catchy.


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** "A double shift will kill him." True, ItMakesSenseInContext, but still...


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* SoBadItsGood: Some of the {{Narm}}-eir moments in the play makes it all the more entertaining.
27th Feb '16 1:14:48 AM Quirderph
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Judy Kuhn who, much like Brigette Helm before her, plays both Maria and her evil impersonator and ''nails'' both of them.


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* {{Narm}}: Some of the music is a bit too lighthearted for such a dark plot, leading to the wrong kind of SoundtrackDissonance.
** John 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.
27th Feb '16 12:47:18 AM Quirderph
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* VillainDecay: John Freeman loses all sympathic qualities and subtlety Joh Fredersen had in the original story, going from being a JerkassWoobie to a straight up {{Jerkass}}.
** 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.
27th Feb '16 12:15:47 AM 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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