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  Metropolis (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The film is set in the year 2026, in the extraordinary Gothic skyscrapers of a corporate city-state, the Metropolis of the title.
Most silent films were shot at speeds of between 16 and 20 frames per second, but the digitally restored version with soundtrack plays at the standard sound speed of 24 frames per second (25 on PAL and SECAM videos and DVDs), which often makes the action look unnaturally fast.
The "Tower of Babel" structure is a key element in several films; in turn, Metropolis's tower appears to derive from Hans Poelzig's stocky, polygonal, modernistic water tower built in Posen (Poznań) in 1911.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Metropolis_(1927_movie)   (2989 words)

  
 It (1927 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is a 1927 romantic film which tells the story of a shop girl who sets her sights on the handsome owner of the store where she works, only to find her plan endangered when a reporter writes a story claiming she is an unwed mother.
Because of this film, Bow became known as the "It girl" ("It" being a euphemism for sex appeal.)
In 2001 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/It_(1927_film)   (216 words)

  
 1927 in film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
January 10 - The film Metropolis by Fritz Lang premieres.
The first Academy Awards (Oscars) went to films released in 1927 or 1928.
FOX Films acquires the rights to the Tri-Ergon sound-on-film technology, which had been developed in 1919 by three German inventors, Josef Engl, Hans Vogt, and Joseph Massole.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/1927_in_film   (318 words)

  
 Film Concert Review: Napoléon (Abel Gance, 1927): Film Music on the Web CD Reviews December 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
However, I felt instinctively that the tinted colour overlays of coarse primary colours (mainly red and blue) were an intrusive distraction and shattered the aura of the dream-like, monochromatic imagery.
The boy Napoléon was not so much acted as lived by the mesmerising Russian actor Vladimir Roudenko; his hypnotic gaze was often exploited by Gance with long held shots, notably the tears streaming down his face at the loss of his pet eagle, the symbol of his soaring aspiration and destiny.
In his recent film Alexander, Oliver Stone uses an eagle as a symbol of his hero's aspirations in a manner that was strikingly reminiscent of Gance's Napoléon.
www.musicweb.uk.net /film/2004/Dec04/napoleon.html   (1137 words)

  
 Film History of the 1920s
In the early 1920s, three nightmarish, German expressionistic films were to have a strong and significant influence on the coming development of U.S. films in the 30s-40s - notably the horror film cycle of Universal Studios in the 30s, and the advent of film noir in the 1940s:
The dark films of Josef von Sternberg in the late 1920s ushered in the gangster film: Underworld (1927), The Drag Net (1929), and The Docks of New York (1929).
This meant that the film had to be shot with three synchronized cameras, and then projected on a gigantic, 3-part screens.
www.filmsite.org /20sintro2.html   (1562 words)

  
 Gene Tunney's and Jack Dempsey's September, 1927 Fight Film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is an original 16mm film of the famous Dempsey - Tunney fight held at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept 22, 1927 to determine the Heavyweight Championship of the World.
This is from the "Highlites from the News" series produced by William J. Ganz Co. New York City.
On the back is a label with the old law forbidding transportation of prize fight films.
www.genetunney.org /film39.html   (110 words)

  
 Metropolis 1927 - Film Archive - Film (35mm, 16mm and 8mm)
Data on release dates, film length (in feet and metres), and screening duration (in minutes according to varying film speeds) is given, though this is somewhat tentative and subject to variation, dependent upon the specific reference used.
This is due to variations in copy transfer speeds from film to video, and the unknown or uncited origin of the film from which the video was produced.
This was done both to 'speed up' the action of the film, and to shorten the time taken to run the feature, in order to maximise the number of screenings and number of patrons through the door in any one day.
www.michaelorgan.org.au /Metrof.htm   (1290 words)

  
 Metropolis 1927 - Film Archive - Music (CDs, LPs, Cassettes, Scores)
It apparently accompanied a version of the film run at the fast speed of 28 frames per second (remembering that the film was originally shot at 16 fps).
As early as 1927 a ballad - City of Dreams - was composed by William Helmore and published in London, inspired by the film.
The film is a sci-fi fantasy: oppressed workers toil in an underground factory while their rulers frolic in luxury.
www.michaelorgan.org.au /Metroe.htm   (1180 words)

  
 Microfilmmaker Magazine - Special Film Critique: Unseen Cinema, Pg. 1
Some departed this Hollywood that they had helped birth and pursued film projects at other ports of call, while others stayed in the system and made their avant-garde films over the weekends.
Some of the films are excessively long, like the intentionally-silent Portrait of a Young Man that drags on for an hour-long look at close-ups of water and is designed to get you to become introspective.
This film pointed out that the studio dream of starting out as an extra and then becoming a star was a largely unrealistic and potentially life-shattering.
www.microfilmmaker.com /critiques/Issue3/UnseenC.html   (899 words)

  
 At-A-Glance Film Reviews: Metropolis (1927)
Sometimes, when a film changes the face of filmmaking thenceforth, it becomes difficult to appreciate it in retrospect: later audiences, accustomed with movies that draw from the styles and techniques of such trendsetters, can't truly appreciate how different and innovative they were.
In fact the entire film, while it conveys the appearance of being plot-driven, plays more like a dream than a story.
There are more versions of the film than one can shake a stick at: after Lang delivered a three and a half hour cut to the studio, it was hacked and re-edited time and again, for various theatrical releases in different countries, then later with video and DVD releases.
rinkworks.com /movies/m/metropolis.1927.shtml   (310 words)

  
 Film Studies
In this class we will concentrate on films made for cinematic distribution, but within that framework we'll study films from a range of national cultures and showing the influence of a range of cinematic styles.
For example, does the humor in the film reflect or accord with particular theories of humor we will be studying in conjunction with the films.
Students will receive training in film analysis in order to sharpen their awareness of how specific resources of the film medium are used to create feelings and convey cultural ideology.
filmstudies.berkeley.edu /summer_courses05.html   (2046 words)

  
 Bienvenue sur le Film Festival Server !
During the same turn-of-the-century period, Auguste Marie and Louis Jean Lumière were in the process of pioneering cinematography and it was six years following the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower that the brothers patented their invention of a combined camera and projector operating at 16 frames per second.
There is no charge when promoting the Tower in any general information document; it is free when a TV announcer places himself in front of the Tower in a symbolic gesture, such was the case during the World Cup 1998.
Fiction films however are required to pay a daily fee of 25,000FF for all scenes shot on location.
www.filmfestivals.com /reportage/toureiffel/toureiffel.htm   (1463 words)

  
 A BRIEF HISTORY OF FILM
In dozens of films, he developed a grammar of shots and lighting effects to evoke audience emotion.
Changing tastes, decreased film attendance, and corporate takeovers effectively destroyed the American studio system by the end of the 1960s.
American films since the 1970s have been distinguished by the big-budget blockbuster.
www.mtsu.edu /~socwork/frost/crazy/filmhistory.htm   (560 words)

  
 Film History of the 1920s
Vidor's enduring classic silent film of Everyman, The Crowd (1928), a realistic "slice-of-life" tale of a faceless, underpaid, hard-working clerk who never seemed to get ahead in the big city of New York during the Jazz Age, was under-appreciated at the time of its release.
The film was about an aspiring Jewish cantor's son who wanted to become a jazz singer rather than a cantor in the synagogue.
The other major film studios (Paramount, Loew's, First National and UA) realized the expensive and challenging ramifications of the sound revolution that was dawning, and that talkie films would be the wave of the future.
www.filmsite.org /20sintro3.html   (1617 words)

  
 Metropolis (1927)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
It’s pedigree as a silent film turns off the usual science fiction audience and it is sort of a footnote in the history of the genre.
This leads to the film’s most famous scene when the robot becomes flesh and blood and the false prophet opens her eyes to reveal two dead sparkling orbs.
The film is one of the pinnacles of German Expressionism, astonishing in its use of light and shadow.
www.jerrydroberts.com /greatestfilms/Reviews/Metropolis.htm   (1334 words)

  
 Silent Film Sources Review
A delicate film of mood and tone, the first and third acts are somber.
I have never seen an ideal copy of the film, which is not surprising considering that the original negative was apparently destroyed along with virtually every other Fox film in the 1937 vault fire in Little Ferry, New Jersey.
The video from Critics' Choice is horrible: contrasty, washed out and an overly noisy soundtrack, removing all of the pictorial elements that make the film what it is. The image on the laserdisc is not pristine, as recent restoration efforts by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill discovered that no first-class elements survive.
www.cinemaweb.com /silentfilm/27sunris.htm   (996 words)

  
 Center receives 1927 film (Jan 2, 2004)
Restoration of the film was a collaborative effort that spanned the Atlantic Ocean and involved Twentieth Century-Fox, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive.
Before the original negative for the film was destroyed in a fire in the 1930s, a 35mm copy was struck.
That copy, now held by the National Film and Television Archive in Berkhempstead, England, is too fragile to project or move from the British archive, so staff there hand-cleaned it and made a duplicate, except for a few scenes that could not be copied.
www.news.wisc.edu /9265.html   (244 words)

  
 College (1927)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
It is an awfully uninspired film with very few genuine laughs.
For example, a long period in the film consisted of Buster trying out a wide variety of track and field events and screwing each one up terribly.
The problem was, doing poorly on a long-jump or high-jump or the hurdles just isn't funny--you say to yourself "so what" because nothing he does during these events is funny--just bad.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0017765   (355 words)

  
 Hollywood Film Studios in the 20s
Films were bigger, costlier, more polished, and the major film emphasis was on swashbucklers, historical extravaganzas, and melodramas.
Vidor's classic film of Everyman, The Crowd (1928), a "slice-of-life" tale of a faceless, underpaid, hard-working clerk who never seemed to get ahead in the big city of New York during the Jazz Age, was under-appreciated at the time of its release.
Lubitsch's first sound film The Love Parade (1929) (with Jeanette MacDonald's debut appearance), however, exhibited the director's creative adaptation to the requirements of sound film, and was one of the first backstage musicals with musical numbers that were integral to the plot.
www.mc.cc.md.us /Departments/hpolscrv/RichardsN2.html   (3034 words)

  
 -{ Reel Film }- Next Cycle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the 1927 film the very next year gave birth to its sequel.
One reason for the rarity of this film is that it was done in a hurry, is rather cheesy and on a low budget.
Reel film will be accompanying the silent film our organ player will be playing the original music.
www.ac.wwu.edu /~sanderh/art456/cinema/page04.htm   (178 words)

  
 The Unknown (1927) - Film Talk
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The only minor complaint I have is the scenes between Malabar and Nanon, it seems Browning filmed with a very thin curtain in front of the camera lens, giving off a design to the background that doesn't look quite right, but it doesn't deminish the quality of the film.
www.film-talk.com /forums/index.php?showtopic=10352   (2260 words)

  
 University of Chicago Film Studies Center preserves, premieres 1927 Soviet film
A recently recovered print of a rare 1927 Soviet film has been restored through funding from the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago, and added to the center’s archive.
According to Tsivian, the film is a beautifully shot melodrama with engrossing scenes of rural life and customs.
The Film Studies Center 35mm print was preserved from a French print found in a private collection by David Shepard of Film Preservation Associates.
www-news.uchicago.edu /releases/06/060509.peasant.shtml   (422 words)

  
 Jesus on Film
The Day of Triumph also broke important ground in being the first film to represent the voice of Jesus on a sound track (except for Salome, in which Jesus' voice was heard but the actor who spoke Jesus' lines was unseen).
Three years later a Nikos Kazantzakis novel was translated by Jules Dassin into the film He Who Must Die, about a modern passion play in which the characters' roles eventually become their reality, culminating in the death of the character who plays Jesus.
The film, which many believe depicts the struggle between the Turks and the Greeks on Cyprus, received a good deal of exposure in art-house cinemas in large American cities.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=172   (1105 words)

  
 Boing Boing: 1927 AT&T film: How to use the dial phone
On the Internet Archive, a stupendous piece of historical film from 1927, made by AT&T: HOW TO USE THE DIAL PHONE.
Michael sez, "As part of a 'Lost and Found Film' course, I recently had to make a film about telephones, and came across the 'How To Use The Dial Phone' film you linked to.
What I found more fascinating was 'Dial Comes To Town,' in which a town meeting is held to demonstrate the use of the new dial telephone.
www.boingboing.net /2005/03/30/1927_att_film_how_to.html   (199 words)

  
 Film: The Aviator
He's a celebrated film historian as well as one of the pivotal figures in American cinema over the past four decades.
It is a film with many different facets of the human character and it really, at the end of the day, goes beyond Howard Hughes.
Martin Scorsese: We worked on the film and the script and the actors in such a way that we hope that those people who do know Katharine Hepburn to a certain extent can feel that, yeah, this is a sense of Katharine Hepburn and Gardner.
sunday.ninemsn.com.au /sunday/film_reviews/article_1704.asp   (1142 words)

  
 TheatreBooks: Film: Film Music & Scoring
In this enticing book, the first devoted entirely to such films, John C. Tibbetts surveys different styles and periods from the Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s to the international cinema of today, exploring the role that film biographies play in our understanding of history and culture.
Following a detailed historical introduction to the development of sound and music in the genre, individual chapters analyse key films, film series, composers and directors in the post-War era.
Including an essay on the history of jazz on film, this is the definitive guide to jazz artists and their music on the big and small screens.
www.theatrebooks.com /film/scoring_sound_music.html   (861 words)

  
 Metropolis (1927)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Trivia: The multiple-exposed sequences were not created in a lab but right during the filming on the set.
The film was rewound in the camera and then exposed again right away.
I wonder how this great director was able to produce such special effects in 1927, with very primitive cameras and equipment.
www.imdb.com /Title?0017136   (609 words)

  
 Nancy Greenspan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
One of the most famous photos in the history of physics captures the illustrious participants at the fifth Solvay Conference in Brussels, October 1927.
Twenty-one of the 29 attendees are on the film.
The film opens with quick shots of Erwin Schrödinger and Niels Bohr.
www.maxborn.net /index.php?page=filmnews   (137 words)

  
 the REEL WORLD: 1927
This film is best known for being the first feature-length sound film, or "talkie." The introduction of sound to the film industry caused major upheavals and ended the careers of many actors and directors, including Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.
excellent and thorough review, the film was received with wild enthusiasm.
Second, it's a remarkably sympathetic portrayal of a Jewish man faced with choosing between his popular music and his duty to act as cantor for his synagogue, as five generations of his family have done before him.
www.vex.net /~emily/film/1927.html   (551 words)

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