George Orwell’s novel 1984 is an attack on totalitarian government where the state controls all aspects of life and has impacted how many people see, understand, and talk about modern social movements. In Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, the city is a crowded one where people are either of the privileged elite, or of the repressed, impoverished masses.
In their works, Orwell and Lang both present the imminent dangers of the contemporary social and political world. These works evaluate the mechanisms of power in institutions that practice socio-political supremacy and tyranny.
AICN got the break about some absolutely incredible news… Giorgio Moroder’s version of Fritz Lang’s masterpiece of cinema, Metropolis, will be arriving on Blu-ray later this year! Here’s the release:
For thousands of people around the globe, Moroder’s Metropolis was their introduction to the films of Fritz Lang and many have been waiting to see this film re-released — with improved sound and image quality. This is it!
This “version” of Metropolis comes with music by Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Tyler, Moroder, and many other famous 1980s acts,and we’re confident that interest is very high on this title. Metroopolis is Kino Lorber’s all-time best selling film – by a wide margin – and just the theatrical re-issue of this film has already collected $1.2 million in theaters since its restoration. So you can be sure that there are thousands of Metropolis fans out there.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is Fritz Lang’s sequel to his flamboyant Dr. Mabuse two-part epic of the 1920s, this time adding subtle use of sound to the creepy effects developed for the earlier film. Once a Moriarty-like mastermind, the haggard Dr M (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) has become an autistic asylum inmate who scrawls plans for daring crimes in his cell and exerts an unhealthy influence on his psychiatrist. Inspector Lohmann (Otto Wernicke), the jolly policeman from Lang’s M, is puzzled by a series of daring crimes that bear the Mabuse signature, and a gang of thugs take instructions from a shadowy figure who claims after the doctor’s death to be Mabuse reborn and is staging a reign of crime apparently designed to bring about the ruin of all law-abiding society.
Dr. Mabuse and his organization of criminals are in the process of completing their latest scheme, a theft of information that will allow Mabuse to make huge profits on the stock exchange. Afterwards, Mabuse disguises himself and attends the Folies Bergères show, where Cara Carozza, the main attraction of the show, passes him information on Mabuse’s next intended victim, the young millionaire Edgar Hull. Mabuse then uses psychic manipulation to lure Hull into a card game where he loses heavily. When Police Commissioner von Wenk begins an investigation of this mysterious crime spree, he has little to go on, and he needs to find someone who can help him.
Suddenly appearing in Florence, an evil seductress causes Cesare, the city’s ruler, and his son to both fall madly in love with her. The son, killing his father before an order to torture the woman can be carried out, then turns the city’s churches into dens of sexual debauchery. Acts of evil and corruption continue unabated until the arrival of Death, who brings with her a horrible plague which she is about to loose upon the city.
In this apparently lost film, a beautiful dancer’s sexual allure is used by an evil cripple to entice men to their deaths. Falling in love with one of the potential victims, she is told by the cripple that he will set her free if her lover, actually a murderer himself, survives and escapes a bizarre labyrinth which runs beneath the cripple’s house.
In this apparently lost film an inventor uses a strange jewel to bring to life a statue of Lilith, and falls in love with her. Soon, however, she begins to appear on a screen, also developed by the inventor, which reveals her to be a vampire who is slowly sucking his life essence from him, causing him to gradually fade away. He realizes the situation has become even more drastic when he notices his new love, Ly, is being possessed by Lilith and has also begun fading away.
Hilde Warren, a famous actress, is impregnated by a convicted murderer and becomes plagued by visions of an extremely gaunt and sepulchral Death. Upon discovering her child is the image of its criminal father, Hilde must decide whether to allow it to live or to kill it and risk the embrace of Death himself.