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British Film Institute, Nov 26, 2000 - History - 87 pages
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"Metropolis (1926) is a monumental work. When it was made it was Germany's most expensive feature film, a canvas for director Fritz Lang's increasingly extravagant ambitions (it took sixteen months to film). Lang, reputedly inspired by the New York skyline, created a whole new vision of cities. A masterpiece of science fiction, Metropolis also tells a tale of competing power-centres in 1920s Germany." "Thomas Elsaesser explores the cultural phenomenon of Metropolis: its different versions (there is no definitive one), its changing meanings, its role as a storehouse or database of twentieth-century imagery and ideologies."--BOOK JACKET.

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Thomas Elsaesser is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Among his publications are New German Cinema (1989), Early Cinema: Space Frame Narrative (1990), A Second Life (1996) and Fassbinder's Germany (1996).