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Movie Review: No 89. Metropolis

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Movie Review: No 89. Metropolis

The credits for ‘Metropolis’ give a fair indication of what you can expect from the film:

‘Grot, the Guardian of the Heart-Machine’ played by Heinrich George
‘The Creative Man’, ‘The Machine Man’, ‘Death’, ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’, and ‘Maria’ played by Brigitte Helm

Oh, and there’s a sculptor too. But he’s not a character – he was responsible for the creation of the robot costume…

Yep.

Movie Review: No 42. City Lights

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Movie Review: No 42. City Lights

There are three Charlie Chaplin films in the imdb Top 100. It seems very unfair (and more than a little boring for me), but I can see how it happened.

It happened that way because voters like me find it almost impossible to rank the films based on any modern standard. It would be unfair, of course, to compare these silent films to something dripping with special effects. In many ways, I respect the early filmmakers more for their creativity in the face of many limitations (as opposed to now, where the possibilities are almost limitless). So, we rank these films high out of respect for their historical significance rather than out of genuine enjoyment, and so they continue to thrive.

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Movie Review: No 52. Modern Times

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Movie Review: No 52. Modern Times

Distracting me from the fact that I haven’t had a decent morsel of food since Sunday night comes Charlie Chaplin’s silent 1936 film, ironically titled ‘Modern Times’.

Now, before I even begin my review, I’d like to play a little game of ‘Spot the Difference’ between this and another Top 100 film:

Modern TimesClockwork Orange

It’s very subtle. I’ll give you a minute to mull it over…

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