Metropolis, Fritz Lang, 1972

The film contained many significant themes as well as strong imagery.  Many symbols and thematic objects were present in this film such as the “New Tower of Babel” and the “M-Machine.”  These two objects projected a hidden message about the power and structuring of Metropolis.  For example, the “New Tower of Babel” is used to clue the audience in as to how Metropolis was built by referring back to the biblical story about the Tower of Babel. The M-Machine is essential to the city but Freder envisions the machine as Moloch which was a Phoenician god who accepted humans as sacrifice.  Other themes noticed throughout the film were equality (or lack thereof), power and its weakness, hope among many others.


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