Monster of the Day #516

Now to just download that Lucy Lui template.

  • Flangepart

    The first animatronic manikin lets something to be desired, until Rowtwang broke out the spandex.

  • bgbear_rogerh

    Famous last pick up lines:

    oh baby, should I bring the can opener?

  • sandra

    Is RoboMaria supposed to be the monster, or Rotwang (love that name !) ?

  • bgbear_rogerh

     I think it means “red (rosy) cheek” in German which is also kinda funny, like a joke about a novice nudist  ;)

  • Gamera977

    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.

  • KeithB

    I saw it in a theatre with the Queen sound track. I am not sure if I am bragging or confessing.

  • Professor Ku

    That’s the wife of the robot on the cover of News of the World.

  • KeithB

    Huh? I meant I actually saw the actual movie with color effects and Queen.

  • MrTongoRad

    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.

  • MrTongoRad

    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.

  • Professor Ku

    Look up the cover of Queen’s News of the World album to get the “joke.”

  • sandra

    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.  

  • sandra

    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 !

  • Steve Brinich

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Cyberman 0.8beta!”
    “CyberMAN? Er, just how long have you been holed up in that lab of yours…?”


  • bgbear_rogerh

    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.

  • Beckoning Chasm

     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…

  • GalaxyJane

    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.

  • MrTongoRad

    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.