Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Cinematic Visions of Technology and Fear

Edited by Michael Minden, Holger Bachmann


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A collection of essays -- early seminal works as well as fresh interpretations -- on the famous German expressionist film, Metropolis.
The volume provides a broad range of materials and resources for the study of Fritz Lang's classic 1927 film Metropolis, including both well-known, previously-published critical essays and contributions appearing for the first time here. Lang's film has justifiably become an icon for the complexities of Weimar culture. Among the important general issues it also raises are the relation between ideology and art, the status and authorship of the film text in the entertainment market, the city, the construction of gender, the relation between the human body and the machine in modernity, and the relation between mass and high culture. Minden and Bachmann provide a two-part introduction which provides a context for what follows: Bachmann's part deals with the genesis, production, and contemporary reception of the film, while Minden's defines the problems posed by the text and reviews the solutions to these problems as proposed by later generations of critics. The first part of the book proper then provides selected contemporary reviews, commentary by Fritz Lang and others involved in the making of the film, and extracts from Thea von Harbou's original novel. In the second part, eight modern scholars provide fresh essays on the genesis, promotion, and reception of the film. Approximately half of the material in the volume has never before appeared in print. The volume will appeal to students of German, film, cultural and intellectual history, and social theory.

Michael Minden is University Lecturer in German at Cambridge University and a fellow of Jesus College. Holger Bachmann received his Ph.D. from Cambridge on Arthur Schnitzler and film.


26 black and white, 1 line illustrations
340 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
Hardback, 9781571131461, October 2002
Hardback, 9781571131225, November 2000
Camden House
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Table of Contents

Introduction I: The Production and Contemporary Reception of Metropolis - Holger Bachmann
Introduction II: The Critical Reception of Metropolis - Michael Minden
Documents: The Novel and the Screen Play
Documents: Ufa Production Reports
Documents: Reviews
The City of the Future--A Film of Ruins. On the Work of the Munich Film Museum - Enno Patalas
Innocence Restored: Reading and Rereading a Classic - Thomas Elsaesser
Restoration, Genealogy and Palimpsests: On Some Historiographical Questions - Giorgio Bertellini
Structures of Narrativity in Fritz Lang's Metropolis - Alan Williams
Science, Machines, and Gender - Ludmilla Jordanova
The Vamp and the Machine: Fritz Lang's Metropolis - Andreas Huyssen
The Mediation of Technology and Gender: Metropolis, Nazism, Modernism - R.L. Rutsky
Canning the Uncanny: The Construction of Visual Desire in Metropolis - Andrew J. Webber
The Imitation Game: Paralysis and Response in Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Contemporary Critiques of Technology - Julia Dover
Metropolis--The Archetypal Version: Sentimentality and Self-Control in the Reception of the Film - Ben Morgan


A must-have acquisition... Of great value for the contemporary and modern information related to the film's production, distribution and reconstruction. CARL BENNETT

Combines the perspectives of the archives and of film theory in exemplary ways....The anthology is bound to be of great interest to anyone teaching German film. GERMAN QUARTERLY

... a large and substantial gathering of high quality academic film criticism. UTOPIAN STUDIES

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