Metropolis

REMEDIAL SF 101: Metropolis

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The current fascination with dystopian futures is nothing new.  The theme has been around from the beginning of science fiction on film.  Fritz Lang's 1927 masterwork Metropolis is arguably the best known depiction of the eternal battle between the obscenely wealthy upper classes and the impoverished and abused working classes...with a robot thrown in just to make it interesting.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Express Yourself" by Madonna (1989)

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Ok, I hate like damn to have to do this, I really do, but I've gotten a lot of requests for this one, so I'm putting it up here. Released in 1989 off her final album before she transformed herself in to some kind of bizarror-world repulsive B&D drag-queen swinger type, "Express Yourself" is openly, wildly based on Fritz Lang's 1927 SF Tour de Force, "Metropolis"

Check it out under the jump

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "Metropolis" (1926)

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Ah, but it's not all state fairs and theme parks and mockingly bad cartoons, no. Old movies also show an equally aspirational and unlikely vision of the future. Check out the first couple minutes of this sequence from Metropolis under the jump. (For all you know, it could be the one with the dancing, mostly naked robot chick!)

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