Metropolis (1927) Monster Madness X #16

Mike Matei / October 16th, 2016


  • Gamma Catch

    October 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Kino means “Cinema” in German. I thought it meant “Movie” or “Film”…but if it meant “Film”…I mean does German even have homonyms? I dunno.

    Also, “M” is great too. Lang made some haunting stuff.

    • October 16, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Im German. Yes, principally we have homonyms in our language.
      Film is also the German word for Film/Movie.
      I don´t know if that clarified anything, but I was logged in anyway, so I might reply as well. 🙂

      • October 16, 2016 at 4:14 pm


      • October 17, 2016 at 12:41 am

        Russian’s here, we also have synonyms “film” and “kino”. Probably lifted it from germans or french.

    • Weldin Dunn

      October 16, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      If you have any question about German and English, it’s probably the same. They’re both Germanic and thus have very similar grammatical structures.

      • October 17, 2016 at 2:22 am

        Funnily, despite being Germanic, english has much more in common with french.

    • October 17, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Why is even this a horror movie??

  • October 16, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I didn’t knew that some scenes where missing. That really is a shame. Silent films can be funny, dark, heart-warming or just interesting to look at, they’re all different in some way or another.

  • judgen

    October 16, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Everyone focuses on the special effects. It was actually a really harsh critizism of the socialist ideas of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s where they strip the working class of human value in favour of the politbeurical upper class that had evolved since the revolutions of 1848.

  • October 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    The anime “Big O” takes A LOT of inspirations from Metropolis. In fact you just made me realize even more things. Also just a very good anime.

  • psyonikx

    October 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Metropolis also inspired an anime movie called… Metropolis!

  • October 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Metropolis was also the basis for Midgar in FF7. This was quotes years back by Squaresofts crew, so even in Video Games this rare gem has its place.

  • TheFreakMachine

    October 16, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Now I wait for someone to say that this is not horror or halloween related movie……

    • Fred . Fuchs

      October 16, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Here I am: what am I missing? Why this movie for Monster Madness? It’s not scary, it’s not gory, it’s not a slasher, there aren’t monsters… It’s sci-fi and drama. It’s not horror.

  • October 16, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Sorry, I´m kinda off topic here, but I got to mention this:
    Monster Madness is awesome, thank you so much for all your effort and time! I watch it everyday and enjoy everything you cover, because you´re brilliant when it comes to reviewing – no matter what.

  • fcabanski

    October 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    The mediator between the hands (body) and brain (soul) is the spirit (heart).

  • October 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    That movie is incredible. When I finally watched it I was putting my mind in a state of acceptance, because it’s so old and silent, but it was just simply MAGNIFICENT. Not for it’s time only, it’s jawbreaking, period.

  • October 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    No cutting or editing. It fits perfect. Just a coincidence?

  • laser

    October 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Odd to see this as part of Monster Madness. I get that it inspired some horror, but it’s a sci-fi film that was much more inspirational for sci-fi than it was horror. It does have its gloomy parts, so it’s not a total mismatch, but still…

    James is overemphasizing the missing scenes. Only two major scenes lasting a few minutes each are missing (replaced by summary cards so the plot remains whole), plus some jerky splices. Some scenes are in terrible quality, but be glad that they’re there at all. Metropolis could very well be the most censored/cut down film of all time…

  • Pablo1989

    October 16, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Only Metropolis i know its full-length anime movie Maybe its same thing but in anime form 😀 just like americans made own version of Macross or Space Battleship Yamato.

  • TagaZok

    October 16, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Metropolis in anime isn’t the same story of this 1927 metropolis forget it. This movie (1927) is THE classic in sci-fi movie. I thought I see the complete one with the Blu-ray godammit .. LIARS…. So maybe one day we see it all….. good review !

  • x5kevleo

    October 17, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Just still images, I don’t like this monster madness. What a letdown for the last one.

  • bud

    October 17, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the different audio versions. I’m a fan of the Giorgio Moroder electronic score.

  • Joker83

    October 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    freaky movie!

  • fanboyfilms

    October 17, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    URAA in 1994 restored US copyrights to foreign films which had fallen into public domain in the US, but were still copyright protected in their home country. Basically the US just decided to finally honor their native copyrights.

  • Ignacio Pellegrino

    October 17, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I know you can do it better! at least some footage instead of stil images will do! what happened!?

  • Roth Sothy

    October 18, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I was hoping you’d do Metropolis someday, especially after your Top 15 Silver Age Sci-Fi video. It’s a great classic, and is definitely a must-see/must-own for fans of film and science fiction in general.

  • October 19, 2016 at 12:52 am

    There is also Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis which I presume is an adaptation or retelling of the original Metropolis. I’m not at all familiar with the original, but from what I’m know of, there are a lot of similarities such as an android girl and a high-tech city with a distinct class division. It is an anime movie, so I don’t expect many who visit this site to particularly like it, but a lot of Tezuka’s work is amazing such as Astro Boy and Black Jack.

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