Before the Matrix, Bladerunner, Westworld. Before C3PO, T-1000, Maximillion, Cylons, Data, Bicentennial Man, AI, Akira, Robbie, Wall*E, Number 5, Dot Matrix, D.A.R.Y.L., the Tin Man, Ash, Edward Scissorhands, Before the nearly countless robots, androids and clones that changed, if not destroyed society on the big screen, there was Maria. Nearly every artificial humanoid on film and in real life, owes its inspiration to her, and the truly original groundbreaking move Metropolis.
You can’t be a real fan of science fiction without appreciating this. Unfortunately, history was very unkind to this film, with much of the original cellophane lost to the elements long before I was born. The copy most of us have seen was pretty disjointed and almost incoherent, but nonetheless breathtaking and forboding. I have yet to see this “complete” version, but looking forward to it.
I think that despite it’s age, Metropolis was very ahead of its time. Sprawling skyscrapers and interstate traffic jams, automated industries, and technological dependence hadn’t even come close to existing yet. I think that the central theme speaks very loudly and very clearly to today’s audience, a society suffering an economic slump, yet everybody owns a smartphone and a flatscreen tv.