Metropolis response

Metropolis response - then text Similarly I felt that the...

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Released in 1927, Metropolis has a distinctly German Expressionist style, meant to emphasize emotional impact over filmic realism. What elements contribute to the emotional impact or distinctive visual style of the film? Upon reading this question, my mind immediately jumped to the scoring of the film. The full orchestra was intensely poignant in developing a human element. A lack of dialogue sometimes made it difficult to identify with the characters. In particular, I felt that the slides with text speech written on them distanced the viewer from the characters. That element, to me, felt forced and unnatural. The orchestra nicely counter-balanced that effect for me. It was easy to be swept into the plot with the musical accompaniment, because the music seemed to narrate the actions better
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Unformatted text preview: then text. Similarly, I felt that the actors brought an emotional element to their physical acting. The extreme, over-the-top gestures assisted in telling the story almost as effectively as the orchestra. The recognition of human elements in the gestures helped me as a viewer to identify with the characters. Had those gestures been absent, or been replaced with more normal gestures, I think the film would have been much less entertaining. The absurdity of the gestures was necessary to counter-balance the absence of dialogue. Without sympathetic conversation between lovers or inflaming arguments between father and son, I felt a bit lost as a viewer. The gestures communicated a large portion of emotion, which was very useful....
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