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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; New Rev edition (30 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491215291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491215296
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thea Von Harbou (1888 – 1954) was a German actress, author and film director of Prussian aristocratic origin. She was born in Tauperlitz in the Kingdom of Bavaria. Her life-long fascination with India influenced certain scenes of her novel Metropolis, which was made by her husband Fritz Lang into one of the most influential films in any genre. After her marriage with Lang ended in divorce, she married Ayi Tendulkar, an Indian writer and follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Timeless 18 Feb. 2014
By leonie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Before I start I have to admit that the movie Metropolis is my all time favourite. I would watch the silent video whenever I was sad or happy. I've recently managed to get a copy on DVD and then thought about if the book was available. So I know the story really well and in the few places where the book seemed to go nowhere, I knew where it would reconnect with the main story and enjoyed the book all the more for these diversions.
The tale of the rich living in luxury and the poor working in hell and living underground is not new in literature. This might be amazing for the range of machines the workers need or the robot Hel, but still isn't unique. What I find truly different from other early sci-fi is the fact that the language is so understandable to anyone. You don't need to know science or be a geek to understand the story of love and healing. This is a book about change. And how change should come about. Too quickly can cause as much damage as too slowly if not done in the right frame of mind.
Since two world wars and amazing advances in technology in the last hundred years, Metropolis can be seen are a book profit towards the future or, ad I rather like to see it... an extremely entertaining book that has never gone out of fashion.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Metropolis Redux 4 Dec. 2013
By Winston Blakely - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Just got my copy of metropolis... and its a grand small press or independent publisher edition... I noticed the great care to the typesetting that was not too small for the eyes and the accented underscore line that gave the book a sense of high literature. The cover is well composed and place properly to draw in the audience with its complimentary use of colors in blue hue family that gives the immediate reader a twilight zone or outer limits aka science fiction feel to the presentation upon first gaze. Thank you for this, as a fellow bookworm
... I salute you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Metropolis: enough said. 11 Dec. 2013
By M. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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A great book that sheds light and understanding on the movie that set then bar on sic-fi cinema forever. Fans pf the movie would like it and fans of German expressionism will enjoy it too. Be aware, though, this is not twilight/Hunger Games/Happy Potter. This is a reflection of an entirely different era 90 years ago.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A story of love and redemption 28 April 2013
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was always fascinated by the movie "Metropolis" (1927, Fritz Lang). I followed the movie from the recovered fragments to the almost complete version with the added footage from Argentina. Then it dawned on me that the movie was probably adapted from a story. Looking at the credits I found this story, "Metropolis" by Thea von Harbou (1888-1954). I had no idea that Thea Gabriele von Harbou was part of 77 great movie titles, including "M" and "Siegfried".

You might find Thea's (second wife of Fritz Lang) writing style quite interesting not white modern but clear. She repeats herself quit often, sort of in the style of the Bible.

As with many movies that time the story in the description stuck a lot closer to the book they do nowadays. Today's movies should say inspired by instead of adapted from. Reading the book you could see the movie almost blow-by-blow.

I however with a few strategic modifications here and there the book and movie deviate greatly in their purpose and deliverance. While the movie was about class struggle between what was called the hands and the head with a mediator the heart. The book was more of a personal struggle for man's soul and redemption.

Of course the book had the freedom to take more time to describe actions and actors. Also of course there were a lot of scenes that would have to be cut out for the movie. But of those left him they were quite accurate. Whether you liked or didn't like the movie you cannot afford to overlook this book there are a lot of shocks and surprises awaiting you. And there is always time enough for love.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well written helps with the movie maybe 7 July 2014
By Jason M. Lemay - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written but maybe its not a great book for the casual reader. Helps understand the movie but you have to have seen the movie to understand the book. I think it also needs a greater understanding of the culture and mythology of the time and place it came from than I could give it to really fully appreciate it.
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