director Fritz Lang
viewed: 08/11/2013 at the Castro Theatre, SF, CA
The second film of the Castro’s Fritz Lang double feature was his masterpiece, Metropolis. It was only a couple of years ago that I had seen it as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, that time with live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra. Certainly, you can’t beat a wonderful live performance with a silent film, but it was great to see it again.
Oddly Felix said that he preferred M of the two.
I was again impressed, as I was the last time I saw it, by the dance sequence in which the false Maria lures the rapt, ogling stares of the men, eventually a panoply of eyes. To me, still the most vivid sequence in a wholly brilliant film.
I spent much of my childhood very curious about silent horror and science fiction films, wondering if I would ever get to see them, poring over the still images snipped from the films. I don’t think that is something I could or should even want to replicate in my kids. It was just the way it was in my childhood with my proclivities. It is, of course, one of the great films of world cinema.