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The best of al (3) pre-war films I've seen,
This review is from: Metropolis: The Masters of Cinema series [DVD]  (DVD)
I like this film (and this DVD - good picture quality, and good sound quality (even a 5.1 Dolby Digital surround option) also nice extras. So if you want to see this film, get: his DVD!
I have a total of 3 silent films: this one, Dr. Caligari's box and Call of Ctulhu. I like Ctulhu best, if only because it has the most modern features (modern-style speed of playing, acting etc. though they didn't use computer special FX), Caligari was the most disappointing since that film suffers from the typicalities of the era (in spite of the interesting ending); overacting (to compensate for the lack of sound?), and slower storytelling/-unfolding than you're used to nowadays. Metropolis suffers from that too, a little bit, but in this case it only works to enhance the charm of watching an old film. And the special FX must have been astonishing at the time! I can see why it was so frighteningly expensive to make, also why the computer has become such an important tool for moviemakers.
A happy ending both in and for this film: even if large portions are declared lost (damaged beyond repair)the film is now seen as a classic, when it was new it was too impopular to make good money. Being public domain, it can now be seen by everyone. (oh cruelty)