Now to just download that Lucy Lui template.
The first animatronic manikin lets something to be desired, until Rowtwang broke out the spandex.
Famous last pick up lines:
oh baby, should I bring the can opener?
Is RoboMaria supposed to be the monster, or Rotwang (love that name !) ?
I think it means “red (rosy) cheek” in German which is also kinda funny, like a joke about a novice nudist ;)
Classic!!! I only have the older incomplete version on VHS, I need to grab a copy of the newer version with the restored footage.
BTW: Did the android have a name? Maria was the name of the young lady that the robot is modified to impersonate. I don’t remember the android being called anything but ‘the robot’ in the movie.
I always felt like I’d missed the boat on this one. Even as a little kid, METROPOLIS didn’t do much for me. I watched it again a couple years back and I was mostly bored by the experience, constantly shifting in my seat because my back end was going numb.
That’s not to say the film doesn’t have some impressive visuals, and I understand the historical importance of the flick, but it never blew me away like, say, THE LOST WORLD did.
I saw it in a theatre with the Queen sound track. I am not sure if I am bragging or confessing.
That’s the wife of the robot on the cover of News of the World.
Huh? I meant I actually saw the actual movie with color effects and Queen.
That’s the Giorgio Moroder version; it was my introduction to the movie as well. I even have it on DVD, sitting on a shelf somewhere, but can’t remember the last time I played it.
Well, The Lost World does have a thrill-killing allosaurus in it, so that’s something to remember. ;)
I wasn’t bored by it, but I sure never felt the need to rewatch it.
Lost World, on the other hand, I’ll occasionally go back to. And no doubt it’s for the reason MrTongoRad put forth: the dinosaurs. Special Effects have come a long ways since back then, but few movies have the sort of heart put into the effort that O’Brien put in his creations.
Look up the cover of Queen’s News of the World album to get the “joke.”
They recently disocovered from of the lost footage from Metropolis, in South America. TCM showed a version incorporating it. The story makes much more sense with it included. Funny what a difference a few frames of celluloid can make.
Well, in English ‘Rotwang’ means ‘rotten penis’. You can’t get much funnier than that. I really admire Rudolf Kleine-Rogge’s mobile eyebrows. He could move them up and down about six inches !
“Ladies and Gentlemen, the Cyberman 0.8beta!”
“CyberMAN? Er, just how long have you been holed up in that lab of yours…?”
Oh, I know what got you giggling, that is why I said “also kinda funny”
True. Despite some really sharp dinosaur footage since (BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, VALLEY OF GWANGI, WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH, etc), I truly believe Obie’s work on KING KONG remains the high water mark for celluloid dinosaurs. Given the years that have passed, that remains a remarkable achievement.
Oh yeah. The passion he had shows in every frame. Others have been good, but for some reason they don’t come close.
When did they discover this footage, Sandra? I’ve been thinking about getting the blu-ray, but if there’s another version coming down the pike, I’ll wait until then…
The footage was found in 2008, the DVD with the lost footage restored was released by Kino, I don’t know, maybe a year ago? Well worth the watching. And that “few frames of film” runs close to 30 minutes all told. Much of the footage was in a different order originally as well, so really a whole different experience.
I just requested it from our library system. It’s dated 2010 and called The Complete Metropolis, by Kino, if anyone else is interested. Thanks for the rec- I’m kinda looking forward to it now, even though it’s been so long that I wouldn’t be able to tell the differences off the cuff. Maybe I’ll dust off ol’ Giorgio’s version while I’m waiting for it to arrive.
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