My life is complete.
My life is complete.
The Untouchables | Brian De Palma | 1987
Some Facts About Fritz Lang’s Metropolis
- The film, presented in 1927, nearly left Universal Film AG bankrupt, costing 5,000,000 marks (about 200,000,000 US dollars), making it one of the most expensive movies of all time.
- Preparing, shooting, and editing the film took over a year and a half.
- Over 37,000 extras were used in the creation of the film. This included 25,000 men, 11,000 women, 1,100 bald men, 750 children, 100 dark-skinned actors/actresses, and 25 Asian actors/actresses.
- Influenced many future productions, such as C-3P0’s design in the Star Wars franchise, the use of a mechanical hand in Doctor Strangelove and the name of the city Superman resides in.
- The robot used in the film contains— not a stunt double— but actress Brigitte Helm, who worked through the pain and heat of being in a metal suit under Lang’s direction.
- Allegedly, Metropolis was one of Adolf Hitler’s favorite films. Because of this, the Jewish Fritz Lang was deemed an “honorary Aryan,”and allowed to escape Jewish persecution during World War II.
Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker, is the only woman EVER to win a Best Director Oscar. Only 4 women have ever been nominated. Women made up only 6% of Directors for the top movies of 2013. There were NO female nominees for directing, cinematography, film editing, writing (original screenplay), or music (original score) during last year’s Academy Awards.
I’m not a big fan of her work, but this point still stands.
In Hollywood, more often than not, they’re making more kind of traditional films, stories that are understood by people. And the entire story is understood. And they become worried if even for one small moment something happens that is not understood by everyone. But what’s so fantastic is to get down into areas where things are abstract and where things are felt, or understood in an intuitive way that, you can’t, you know, put a microphone to somebody at the theatre and say ‘Did you understand that?’ but they come out with a strange, fantastic feeling and they can carry that, and it opens some little door or something that’s magical and that’s the power that film has. -David Lynch
I dig this.
He’s all like, “There’s no such thing!”
Either that or he’s all like, “I gotta poop!”
I want to try not to repeat myself. But then I seem to do it continuously in my films. It’s not something I make any effort to do. I just want to make films that are personal, but interesting to an audience. I feel I get criticized for style over substance, and for details that get in the way of the characters. But every decision I make is how to bring those characters forward. –Wes Anderson
A hero of mine.