Directed by Fritz Lang and released in it’s home country of Germany in 1927 – restored almost completely in 2008, the restoration of which was released in 2010.
An absolute revelation. Ahead of it’s time in every aspect of it’s production from it’s – at the time – revolutionary running time to the size of the sets (seemingly only marvelled by D.W. Griffifth’s Intolerance which I am yet to see). The film is astonishing from start to finish and never lets up on that.
The themes of the ever-apparent differences differences between the working class and the upper class, that are even more so relevant today, are laden throughout the entire picture not just the ending – for example the scene just before the heart-machine is destroyed by the lower city, the telephone/video call (which is great foresight by the way) between the foreman and Frederson shows the clear distress between both parties in terms of them even just communicating with one another, this can also be seen in the scene they share near the beginning and it serves as a great precursor for the aforementioned final scene.
The performances from Maria and Rotwang the inventor are both splendid and stood out for me the most – the inventor especially, I loved his eccentricity and thought it was a breath of fresh air in comparison with the rest of the classes in the film, he stood out on his own perfectly from everyone else in the film. I also loved the techniques Lang used in terms of the cinematography, some absolute revolutionary stuff which is pretty much commonplace these days.
A masterpiece that I cannot believe I’ve finally managed to see – and let me tell you the restoration is magnificent. If you haven’t seen this already then you really are missing out.