Great Moments In Film – Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis, albeit overly long perhaps, is every bit as good as you heard it is. It is the story of an utopia society for the privileged few and made possible on the blood, sweat, and tears of ordinary people. These people are tasked with mundane jobs (such as lining up what looks like clock hands to light bulbs in a famous scene) in 10 hour work days. Should one get injured (or die) on the job, someone just takes their place to keep the machine going.
This is one of my favorite scenes of the film. We see the gears churning away, then the work day finished and a shift change happens. Watch how both sides walk in lock-step with one another, but notice the differences. One side walks into “work” in complete dejection while the other leaves broken in every sense of the word. A very influential scene from an even more influential movie, we can see it’s shadow even as currently as this past year’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.