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BFI Film Classics #54: Metropolisby Thomas Elsaesser
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Metropolis (1925) is a monumental work. When it was made it was Germany's most expensive feature film, a canvas for director Fritz Lang's increasingly extravagant ambitions (it took sixteen months to film). Lang, inspired by the skyline of New York, created a whole new vision of cities. One of the greatest works of science fiction, the film also tells human stories about love and family.
In this book, Thomas Elsaesser explores the cultural phenomenon of Metropolis: its different versions (there is no definitive one), its changing meanings, its role as a storehouse or database of the 20th century.
This volume explores the cultural phenomenon of Metropolis, its different versions, its changing meanings, and its role as a database of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Thomas Elsaesser is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Among his publications are New German Cinema (1989), Early Cinema: Space Frame Narrative (1990), A Second Life (1996) and Fassbinder's Germany (1996).
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