The Roaring Twenties. With the prohibition in full swing, what better way to spend your weekend nights than seeing a silent film. From the horror of Nosferatu to the comedic genius of Charlie Chaplin, film was making its way into the hearts and minds of people all over the world. The 1920's were a very innovative time for Hollywood, but there is a year that I think stands out the most; 1927. For the first time movie goers everywhere saw their first "talkie", The Jazz Singer. But The Jazz Singer isn't the only movie that changed film forever. There was a silent film, produced by a German filmmaker by the name of Fritz Lang called, Metropolis. This film is not only innovative, but it goes down as one of the greatest Sci-Fi films of all time. It gave viewers a glimpse of what cities could look like in the far future. Following a well off male, Freder, living in a glamorous utopian society, rebelling against his father and seeing the underbelly of the city. Full of mistreated workers in harsh conditions, Freder does everything he can to help these workers.
Freder's father, conspires with the mad scientist Rotwang to capture Maria, a woman that looks over the workers. They look up to her as a guardian of hope. Rotwang captures Maria and puts her face on a robot to control the workers thinking it is Maria.
Metropolis has inspired filmmakers for decades. It's use of special effects and incredible sets have inspired films such as; Blade Runner, Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Strangelove, and many others. Fritz Lang was a film genius and Metropolis will continue to inspire for years to come and will always be known as one of the greatest Sci-Fi films of all time.