The scene that was the most dramatic for me was the one in which Maria was trying to save all the children in the underground city while their parents were celebrating about destroying the heart machine. The “plastics” of the scene played a huge role in portraying the suspense and action of the film. The sets were very elaborate for this scene because they had to show the water rushing into the city, as well as the heart machine and the entire city being destroyed. However, while these effects were elaborate, I thought that the attention to the actual storyline was lacking. This relates to what Bazin felt about the use of montage and that it can sometimes take away from the storyline. This is what I felt was happening here. I was a bit confused in this scene as to how the parents were not concerned or thinking about their children. The worker at the heart machine told them that the city would be flooded if they destroyed it, so did they not realize that their children were in danger? I didn’t understand how all the parents could have left their children unattended as such. In this scene I thought that the main focus was on how the city was being destroyed and not about the actual storyline.
This scene is also essential in portraying the true character of Freder. In this scene we see his acts of heroism in saving Maria and the children. Freder’s character up until this point was not very involved in helping the worker’s situation, even when he spent one day working. His love for Maria brought out the bravery and courage in him and he felt obligated to do as much as he could to save the children that Maria deeply cared for.
This film was very interesting and it just makes me realize how movies have changed from the 1920’s until now!