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There can be no understanding between the hand and the brain unless The Behind the Scenes Pic of the day acts as mediator.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’ve featured Metropolis before, with a particularly nice shot featuring the lovely Brigitte Helm with her Maria helmet off taking a sip of water while some dude held a giant, industrial-sized blow dryer on her.

Fritz Lang’s visual masterpiece is ripe for this column. The size of the spectacle is enormous, the kind of production we don’t get to see anymore thanks to the ease and comparative cheapness of computer trickery. That might be good for modern movie-makers, but it makes for boring behind the scenes pics.

This pic is far from boring, from the climactic flooding finale as Maria tries to help the city’s children. This truly is an epic shot from an epic film. Hope you enjoy!

Enjoy the pic and click for the bigger version.



Tomorrow I leave for the Sundance and the pic !

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  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by Snookeroo

    Needs a hero.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    1400 people drowned...

    by Mickster_Island

    ...filming this scene.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    a masterpiece although it's anti-technology message

    by KilliK

    is a bit irritating.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    dark doom Lucas stole a lot of things

    by KilliK

    for his SW movies...

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Awesome Pic

    by tjrmusic

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    by mickster_island

    by tjrmusic

    Are you sure about that comment? What's your source?

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Kilik, you make a simple-minded interpretation

    by TisketMaster

    Perhaps it isn't anti-technology so much as a cautionary tale? It isn't exactly foolish to suggest that technology can be used in alienating and dehumanizing ways. If you find it 'annoying' that anyone would suggest civilization can make poor choices--that's rather narcissistic.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Quint, isn't that the same quote you used last time?

    by ROBRAM89

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Lang's commentary on the blu-ray

    by Mickster_Island

    On a commentary track that Fritz Lang recorded for the movie he says, "Thirteen hundred people or so...thirteen hundred and 90 maybe...make it fourteen hundred people died in a flood on that scene."

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    oh god lucas bashing begins

    by ORIONgods

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    If Lucas stole from Lang, remember this...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...Lang stole from Feuillade when making his "Mabuse" movies.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    Fritz Lang was a mass murderer?

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Awesome shot though

    by dukeroberts


  • Jan. 18, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    The message isn't anti-technology

    by Connor225

    Grot even says "Who told you to destroy the machines? Without them you'll all die!" The workers were wrong to rebel against technology, but management was equally wrong for mistreating them. The whole point of the movie is to find a happy medium.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST


    by Phil

    Seriously I think that 'fact' would be more widely know if it were true.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    And after some research...

    by Phil

    it would be completely impossible as he was only able to get 1000 extras- despite requesting 6000 initially (!).. I call bullshit.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Fritz Lang raped and murdered a girl in 1990

    by ROBRAM89

    I heard it on an internet.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST


    by CodeName

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    do you see what i see...?

    by AdzonVonMelk

    two cameras! there are two cameras.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    do you believe

    by frank cotton

    everything you hear on the 'net?

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Just saw knowing on blu all decked out. And man

    by UltraTron

    it's some great shit. Ebert's review is spot on. Never even saw an ad for it so it was a total discovery. Best way to experience it.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Hand and HEAD

    by Uga

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I Love It That Everybody Is Wearing a Suit


    Gaffers, grips, best boys, camera men . . . they took their job seriously, back in the day.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    UltraTron: You Mean the Nic Cage Movie?


    I thought it was really good, too. Didn't read Ebert's review, but I remember thinking it was a darn good flick, and felt in a lot of ways like it had escaped from the 70s, which was refreshing for a contemporary sci-fi movie. Then we got Moon, so it's been a good coupla years for 70s style sci-fi.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I Love The End of Knowing (spoiler)


    ** Spoiler ** Their parents and the entire human race are dead, and they're all smiling and happy. They get to re-learn all the lessons of humanties many, many tragic mistakes, all over again. A nice fresh Dark Ages for them. Crusades. World Wars. Awesome! Weeee . . . That sounds critical, but I really did like that film.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    It's Not Anti-Technology At All

    by Autodidact

    It's dystopian. It claims that utopia can not be delivered to all. It can only be delivered to some at the cost of slavery to others.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    2 Cameras...were they filming in 3D?

    by planetran_fan

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else think that More is Less???

    by planetran_fan

    I was disappointed with the latest version of Metropolis containing the 'lost' south american footage. I think it adds under developed sub-plots, and confuses the issues. I think I prefer the 2002 Kino Restored version. Anybody with me?