FILM 2153 Chapter Notes - Chapter Film Notes: Rotwang, Gottfried Huppertz, Mad Scientist

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Film Notes
To know: YOUTUBE (Melies, Lumiere Shorts, Black Imp, Workers Leaving the Factory, Watching
the Gardner, The Great Train Robbery, Life of the American Fireman) E-RESERVES (Metropolis,
Le Corbeau, Ossessione)
METROPOLIS: (1927) Fritz Lang
Director: Fritz Lang
Year: 1927
Languages: German/Silent
Length: (2hrs 30 mins)
Characters:
o Joh Fredersen- Master of Metroplis and
o Freder- Freder’s Father
o Rotwang- scientist
o Grot- the foreman of the Heart Machine
o The Thin Man- Frederse’s sp
o Josaphat- Frederse’s assistat
o Maria- robot double
o 11811
o Master of Ceremonies in Pleasure Gardens
Themes:
Utopia
Dystopia
Upper Class Light/Lower class dark
love & romance
patriarch and dictatorship
guesses on the future and attitudes towards machines
the use of workers by powerful figures, the mediator
Background:
- One of Most famous and influential of all silent films
- 1/4 thought to be lost for 75 years had been seen only in shortened or truncated
versions but was restored in Germany with new technology under the Murnau
Foudation
- Music added from o.g. 1927 by Gottfried Huppertz
- Set to take place in 2026 When populace is divided between workers who must live in
the dark underground and the rich who enjoy the futuristic city of splendor.
- Tense balance of societies realized through images that are most famous among 20th
Century
- Crowning achievement of German silent Cinema
- 16mm film stockwhy some was damaged and not preserved
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- Novel first by Thea Harbou illustrated in Ilustriertes Blatt, FRanfurt (a magazine at the
time) then was made a screen play
Summary:
Opening Credits
- Goes through ad eplais Blak Fraes here footage ould’t e restored
o Add inter titles translated from German to English to fill in places for the purpose
of the story
o Could’t restore the full oie so it eplais soe parts  for eaple ill sa
shift hage o the sree to ko hat is happeig i the oie)
- Epigram: The Mediator between brain and hand must be heart!
- Movie beings
Start— or *appear  of lak fraes ad are to fill i plot holes ad sho hage or
communication
- “hift Chage appears o the sree
o Series of workers from below ground are shown disciplined in lines, cramped,
working hard and dirty
o They are moving up and down in crowded, dangerous elevators
- *As deep as la the orkers’ it elo the earth, so high aoe toered the ople
knows as the Clu of sos ith its leture halls ad liraries, its theatres ad
stadiums*
o Switch to above groundluxury clean looking people. Leisure activity. High class.
Clear depiction between two classes
o White men perform track and field etc continues with music
- * Fathers, for who every revolution of a machine wheel meant gold, had created for
their sons the miracle of Eternal Gardens*
o Futuristic looking scene with ladies
o Whih of ou ill hae the pleasure of etertaiig r frederso
o Ladies are shown dancing
o Freder is getting chased around by the girls and they are screaming for him
o One is dressed in promiscuous clothes chasing him around a fountain
o They embrace but then a women with a lot of children come out and ruins the
ad oment that freder might have jus had
o There are many kids and a disappointed looking women and the screen fills with
more characters
- Look these are our rothers
- Whore looking lady grabs freder as the disappointed lady walks back inside with all of
the children and then freder slowly walks back in after them after being humiliated and
everyone was seeing him
- Who as that –Freder to man/butler he asks and looks like he is interested
- * But this is what happened to Frederson of Joh Fredersen master of Metropolis
when he went searching for the girl:*
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15 Min Mark
- Freder starts in a factory looking around and sees machines and steam and men working
systematically
- Shot of a temperature gage rising very quickly
- Freder sees it and sees men falling off the machine and it causes a commotion and he
falls to the ground
- Big pyramid structure appears with workers going towards a big mouth looking thing
dressed as slaves naked and chained
- Men marching behind them
- With every shot change the machine becomes something else or almost changes and
different things are going on
- Series of dead andinjured workers are shown being carried outin front of freder who
looks horrified
- Changes to inside a nice hose and people at work
- Joh Fredersen appears in a big office as the boss with a lot of things going through his
head
- Has workers around doing busy work but has an authoritative body language and freder
is not in these scenes
- He comes rushing in to find his dad and employees at work and they look up but are
signaled to keep working
- Talking with each other frantically
- Convo continues between freder and men and joh approaches man
- "Wh is it, Josophalt that I lear aout a eplosio fro  so!
- THERE WAS AN EXPLOSION EARLIER IS WHAT THE COMMOTION WAS
- Joh is mad and has business it seems he needs to do and is trying to settle freder down
-Freder is asked: What ere ou doig i the ahie halls?  his dad
 ated to look ito the faes of the hildre ad little kids ho are  rothers and
sisters
-  our ag it father – ad ou the rai of this it ad all of us i the its lights
- Point out over the futuristic beautiful city
- Looks like NY
- Ad here are the people father hos had uilt this it - freder
-  Where the elog  eaig do elo i the depths ut freder does’t see to
understand and is woken to this concept that life is not nec. Perfect)
30 Min Mark
- What if oe da those raths fro the depths rise up agaist ou
- So far Freder has seen the explosio fro the fatorad Josophalt did’t ko efore
him
- Freder discovers the workers live below earth who built his dad city
- Grot comes in with a message and he is the keeper of the heart for the machine
- Look very submissive to Joh frederson
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