Fritz Lang (18901976
died in California) Metropolis 1927
Lang was born in Vienna, Lang’s parents were from Moravia; mother was born Jewish, converted to Catholicism when
Lang was ten, Lang called himself a Catholic; studied in Paris, When WWI broke out, he returned to Vienna and
volunteered for military service in the Austrian army, fought in Russia and Romania, 3 times wounded, shell shock 1916,
while recovering from his wounds, he wrote film scenarios, discharged 1918, shortly acted for Viennese theaters. After
WWI, Lang moved to Berlin. He was hired as a writer at Decla Erich Pommer’s (18891966
died in California) Berlin
production company. Then Lang became a director at German film studio Ufa, and later at Nero.
he worked with Thea von Harbou, his later wife.
Lang separated from Thea von Harbou. She remained in Germany.
Lang worked in Hollywood. In 1976, Lang died in California.
Metropolis became and still is an international success
written by Fritz Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou
the film was marketed a lot
500 children were used for flooding scene
Metropolis is rich in special effects;
created by German cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan (18931977
the cityscape was build as miniature
mirrors were used, camera on a swing
later, these special effects were imitated by Hollywood
Metropolis was filmed for over a year (May 22, 1925 until October 30, 1926
at the Babelsberg film studios (outside of Berlin)
Metropolis had its premiere on Janaury 10, 1927 at the UFA Palast am Zoo in Berlin
Lang tried to convey his impressions of sky scrapers in New York
on his first visit in 1924
film’s architecture combines functionalist modernism and Art Deco
scientist’s archaic little house with
the high powered laboratory inside
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