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Metropolis

A 1927 silent film by Fritz Lang, who later gave us M, which has Peter Lorre and will make you run for cover when you hear `In the Hall of the Mountain King'; Metropolis will do the same for Dies Irae, and possibly even the Marseillaise (or at least a slightly twisted version of it).* I say `will do' because, of course, you should totally watch it.

Metropolis is set in a dystopia and is an awesome story with amazing story telling (well, ok, I'm still somewhat new to the whole silent film thing, so most anything that uses that technique effectively enchants me). There is, literally, an upper class and a lower class. Upper class boy falls in love with lower class girl; a mad scientist appears; the upper class tries to assert its rule; the lower class rebels. Awesomeness ensues throughout, along with some less than subtle biblical references, but nothing off-putting.

Part of the fun of this, admittedly, was watching it not at home on a DVD player but with a crowd of people in a theater. There's apparently a fairly recent restoration of it, which the fine art museum is showing this weekend. The house was definitely more than half full, and there was outright laughter at---almost with---certain scenes (it wasn't so much cheesy, at least not in my opinion, more morbidly silly).

There's heroic escapes! Fights to the death! The destruction of the inhuman system! Madness and mayhem! A character that will remind you of every (sensible) vampire you ever saw! Scenes that surely inspired other monster movies! Shocking coincidences! More plot twists than you can shake a stick at (but not the really wtf kind, like if you've ever read a Kaori Yuki manga)! Watch it today!

Oh, and one more thing: every major character ends up either dead or paired off---though I'll not say who ends up with whom for the sake of avoiding spoilers. This is not, of course, all necessarily according to the intent of the writers, but the case can easily be made for the slash. ;)

*Actually, to be honest, the only music proven to freak me out is that weird electronic twangy thing that crops up in at least Assignments 2 and 6 of Sapphire and Steel whenever something creepy is about to happen. I know this, because I recently rewatched the TOS episode `Space Seed', where Khan gets the same thing as a leitmotif whenever he's about to do something nasty---cue curling up in a ball in my chair.