Vintage Lab Week: Metropolis
Little introduction is needed for Metropolis, a 1927 film by Fritz Lang; written by his wife Thea von Harbou. Complete with a futuristic city set only 100 years in the future, this science fiction morality tale features amazing alchemical laboratory sets. The neon lighting is a great touch.
Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) is a scientist ordered by the master of the city, Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel), to make a robot doppelganger of Maria (Brigitte Helm). Maria’s spirit transcends the class system–by sending a robot imposter back to the oppressed working class, the master of the city hopes to suppress an uprising. Rotwang has some really great neon light accented minimal lab sets.
Joh Fredersen, Rotwang and robot.
Sparse laboratory where the real Maria is encased–her form will be transferred onto the robot through Alchemy and Science!
A flick of the switch…
Rotwang with the fleshed-out Robot Maria.
Mad Science at work!