If I was teaching a course on classic film appreciation, this silent foreign film classic most definitely would be on my must-see list. Fritz Lang's 1927 film METROPOLIS continues to be one of the most influential films of that decade. Such striking, memorable visuals fill this science-fiction drama. It's a great example of German expressionism. METROPOLIS continues to excite artists today.
Here's a film trivia question: The innovative and remarkable METROPOLIS, that classic silent film from 1927, has a major connection and link to the classic TV sitcom, I LOVE LUCY from the early 1950s. Do you know what that connection to the innovative sitcom is?
Karl Freund, the cinematographer for METROPOLIS, was hired by actor, producer and TV visionary Desi Arnaz to be the cinematographer for TV's I LOVE LUCY.
It's been written that Karl Freund was a Jew who grew up in Berlin. His family moved to Berlin when he was about 10. When he was a young man working in film, he moved from Germany to Hollywood. That was about 1929. In 1937, he went back to Germany and got his only child, a daughter, and surely saved her from certain death. Freund's ex-wife died in a concentration camp.
"There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator." ~from METROPOLIS.