Metropolis (1927)

Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children who quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he, oblivious to such, is horrified to find an underground world of workers, apparently who run the machinery which keeps the above ground Utopian world functioning. One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is Freder’s father, Joh Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis. Freder learns that the woman is Maria, who espouses the need to join the “hands” – the workers – to the “head” – those in power above – by a mediator or the “heart”. Freder wants to help the plight of the workers in the want for a better life. But when Joh learns of what Maria is espousing and that Freder is joining their cause, Joh, with the assistance of an old colleague and now nemesis named Rotwang, an inventor, works toward quashing a supposed uprising, with Maria as the center of their plan. However, Joh is unaware that Rotwang has his own agenda. But if any of these plans includes the shut down of the machines, total anarchy could break loose both above ground and below.

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Runtime original: 02:33:00 —> Runtime at 90to5: 00:04:57

Director: Fritz Lang

Writer: Thea von Harbou (novel, screenplay), Fritz Lang (screenplay)

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Talk about a short film! 90to5 presented me with an interesting and fun challenge as an editor. I wanted to tell a story as much as possible with images as opposed to dialogue and try to capture the spirit and feel of the original film. With its striking visual style, Metropolis came in at a whopping 148 min, but it was also a silent film which helped me in telling the story efficiently with images in an attempt to retain the nature of the film medium and not fall back on dialogue and exposition. I had a lot of fun with the challenge and I hope everyone enjoys my cut!


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