Metropolis was an experience that I definitely enjoyed. The movie was unique; introducing new aspects of film making to me. The costume, acting, and mannerisms were so different, I could not help but be surprised by them.
The one scene that got me thinking was actually a shot: the shot of the future world that is Metropolis. The shot displayed cars moving across roads in the sky, climbing from building to building. There were also planes that flew between buildings. I deeply analyzed this shot, as this was when I realized that it was a science fiction film set in the nineteen twenties. What was interesting was that the cars were the same as in the old days, and so were the planes. Modern cars and planes like we have today were not pictured in the shot of Metropolis. The most change was that the buildings were instead huge, fancy, with a ton of lights. The cars and planes moved with freedom, un-restricted by gravity. Science fiction today also depicts a lot of technological advances that refer to being more free, versus being limited by resources.
The shot of the “depths” of Metropolis was instead dark. The costume was dull. There were no planes, and no cars. A few panels in the ceiling of the city let in some light. The people walked, unable to reach any state of freedom. This city would represent a place where technology has not graced its presence, and a place where there are no resources to lift the limitations of the earth.
In some way, there is alway symbolism in films. Once you get to analyzing the different aspects of the film, you begin to realize that there is much more depth to it than you would have imagined. I was unaware that films would be so sophisticated almost a hundred years ago. Even though it lacked sound, the quality of the film was by far more impressive than some of the movies made today. I definitely look forward to watching and learning more about films.