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Fritz Lang's Metropolis Cinematic Visions of Technology and Fear Edited by Michael Minden and Holger Bachmann CAMDEN HOUSE In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review or news reporting.
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Copyright © 2000 the Contributors All Rights Reserved. Except as permitted under current legislation, no part of this work may be photocopied, stored in a retrieval system, published, performed in public, adapted, broadcast, transmitted, recorded, or reproduced in any form or by any means, without the prior permission of the copyright owner. First published 2000 by Camden House Camden House is an imprint of Boy dell & Brewer Inc. PO Box 41026, Rochester, NY 14604-4126 USA and of Boydell & Brewer Limited PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DF, UK ISBN: 1-57113-122-1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in- Publication Data Fritz Lang's Metropolis: cinematic visions of technology and fear / edited by Michael Minden and Holger Bachmann. p. cm. - (Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 1-57113-122-1 (alk. paper) 1. Lang, Fritz, 189G-1976-Criticism and interpretation. 2. Metropolis (Motion picture) 1. Minden, Michael. Il. Bachmann, Holger, 1969- Ill. Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture (Unnumbered) PN1997.M436 F75 2000 791.43'72-dc21 00-031170 A catalogue record for this title is available from the British Library. This publication is printed on acid-free paper. Printed in the United States of America. In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review or news reporting.
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21. Lang rehearsing the dance sequence. [Deutsches Institut fur Filmkunde, Frankfurt] ~ ;:s s::c, ~ is ~ <::r' <::r' '" :: (') ~ z Z Q >-l f;] ~ ~ ~ N .;:. '-0 In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review or news reporting.
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250 Andrew Webber: CANNING THE UNCANNY 22. A rare still of Helm's seductive dance as the robot. [Deutsches Institut fur Filmkunde, Frankfurt] Canning the Uncanny The Construction of Visual Desire in Metropolis Andrew Webber A s A FILM THAT IS GENERALLY UNDERSTOOD as inaugurating a key form of genre cinema, science fiction, Metropolis employs many of the sorts of stylisations that characterise the genre film. The melodrama and the thrills of genre films reveal in their most drastic form the sorts of structures that are embedded in all types of film viewing. Above all, a film like Metropolis appeals to fantasy as a fundamentally ambivalent structure, one that combines erotic lure with spectacles of aggression. That is, Metropolis works rhythmically between visual pleasure and unpleasure, and by that rhythm interchanges and redefines them. The film projects the sort of fantasy that Freudian psychoanalysis exposes in dreams and other psychic scenarios, one that is bound up in a dialectic between eros and the death drive.
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