The composer of the film expresses this contrast of color to define the social context of the time. This great divide between the wealthy and the working class during Germany’s Whimper Republic highlights the economic hardships that faced the nation. Powerful visual imagery/symbolism March of the workers at shift change time. They shuffle in the same gait, in precise rows looking barely human. These images symbolisms conformity and service, which are main motifs in the film. These motifs allude to the time of uncertainty that was present in the working class after the country was hit with hyperinflation.The workers are being fed to the “Moloch” as human sacrifices The workers labor in a monstrous machine, a hellish industrial complex where they must accomplish repetitive and dehumidifying tasks.
At one point, the machine is compared to Moloch, the ancient Semitic deity honored by human sacrifices. The tasks assumed by the workers are purely mechanical, needing absolutely no brain power, making them nothing more than an extension of the machine. Cultural Personification of the machine/ mid close up camera angle One of the workers is trying to handle contain the anger of the machine by restring with the buttons and dials.
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A mid close up shot of the temperature rising alludes to the idea that the worker is being defeated by the machine and is unable to contain the breakdown This scene serves as a warning for its audience. Not only about the dystrophy social arrangements, the nation had started to embrace technology at a time when rapid industrialization was changing culture. It suggests that the machines we have made to work for us are now working us, that we are being consumed by our own creation. Historical (Political) Dystrophy social arrangement based on inequality of citizens.This serves as a warning that these characteristics were becoming more evident in the world in the 1 ass’s. Scene 2: non dietetic music When Josephus enters Sets a sinister tone and mood, and foreshadows Asphalt being “sent below’ the close up of his face with a tear streaming down his cheek alluding to his inherent compassion which allows the responder to associate Asphalt with the protagonist Fred.
This contorts foreperson as the theocratic dictator who shows no emotion and exemplifies the absence of compassion. (industrialists). Alludes to the absolute horror working conditions of the workers.Gross hunched posture and black clothing (body language) Darkness represents the emptiness of his human spirit at the hands of his extensive oppression. Sorts physicality is far superior to that of foreperson, however the power and intellect emitted by the stature and hierarchical position Of Foreperson subjects grog to psychological oppression. Showcasing the inherent power of the human mind over the body. This idea highlights that the mediator between the head and the hands must be the heart as to combat the convention of human nature that those on top will inevitably oppress those below them.
Grog placed central in mid shotThe immediate central positioning of Grog invokes a sense of disorientation in the responder in accordance to the ‘rule of thirds’. Corresponding to the ‘rule of thirds’ the central positioning of Grog in the perspective of Foreperson invokes a sense of disorientation in the responder. Foreshadowing the doom that is to come and manipulating the viewers perspective to immediately set the mood for the remaining duration of the scene. Foreperson positioning on screen Back to the audience Faceless as in the context people in the height of the Whimper Republic were questioning the existence of a higher power.As Foreperson in this text attempts to displace God as the theocratic ruler, Lang subsequently villainies this character as he is making comment that those who try and rule in the power Of God disturbed natural order Of God’s will The social context of the time during the period of stability is used as a catalyst for which Lang generates the themes of the film. He uses a contrast of color within the film the rich and wealthy are shown with a brighter light and the poor working class are shown with a dark lighting.
The composer of the film expresses this contrast to define the social context of the time. ThisWhimper Republic highlights the economic hardships that faced the nation. In addition, he uses powerful visual imagery during the start of the film. It starts of showing the workers during shift change.
They are shown dressed alike, walking in sync, holding their heads down in submission, resignation and desperation. These images symbolism conformity which is a main motif in the film. It alludes to the Treaty of Versailles and the impact it had on the country. By signing this treaty Germany had accepted the guilt of World War 1 and was to pay reparations as part of the reconciliation process, leading to spiraling inflation.By showing the workers in submission and slavery it alludes to the economic context during the Whimper Republic Metropolis’s themes are connected with the political themes of that time- capitalism and communism, workers revolution against the privileged elite class, etc.
The film also reveals hopes and fears and enthusiasm for technology. Much of the technology presented in the film (such as “M- machine” and “Heart Machine”) is unexplained and bizarre. ” Machine Human”, the female robot, is the ultimate expression of technology in the film. Special effects and designs featured in the film, still impress modern audience.