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Intertextual Perspectives: Metropolis (only)

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Discuss how Fritz Lang’s Metropolis uses the medium of film to confront his audience with the key concerns of his time.

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Fiction Science fiction Films Films directed by Fritz Lang Memory of the World Register Metropolis Distribution of wealth Rotwang Social inequality Despotism Fritz Lang
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Fiction Science fiction Films Films directed by Fritz Lang Memory of the World Register Metropolis Distribution of wealth Rotwang Social inequality Despotism Fritz Lang
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In a dystopian society of totalitarianism, the imbalanced distribution of power brings about despotism, and marginalisation of women, social inequality and the exploitation of the masses. It gives rise to the rebellion within the oppressed against their oppressor, creating anarchy in a society run by the powerful and rich. In Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, we see these attitudes depicted with the medium of film, reflecting the period of conflict and upheaval Germany experienced as a result of the defeat in the First World War and the birth of a new democracy being the Weimar Republic. Metropolis depicts the corporate totalitarianism which creates a distinct division between the working class and the upper class, the former running the city’s machines underground, the latter living in bliss. Lang’s film sheds light on the social inequality and ...
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