Focus on Film: Metropolis (PG)
23 September 2012
Arguably the first masterpiece of Science Fiction cinema, Fritz Lang’s epic is set in a futuristic utopia whose prosperity in fact relies on the exploitation of countless subterranean workers, who toil day and night. Lang and his co-writer Thea von Harbou created an imaginative world of revolutionaries, mad scientists and robots that has exerted a profound influence on films such as Star Wars, Blade Runner and Robocop amongst many others. Every penny of the film’s enormous budget is visible on screen; Metropolis features some of the most impressive sets ever built and this recent restoration makes the film look better than ever.
This film is part of the Focus on Film course, created in partnership with the English and Film Studies Programme at the University of Dundee. Each session will include an introduction, film screening and discussion. You’ll be able to watch a great sci-fi film, perhaps read the story that inspired it, and discuss your thoughts in a setting that aims to be informative, lively and fun! Course fee is £60/£40. Tickets for individual screenings, without access to the discussions, cost £5.50 (£4.50 students).