Is Metropolis the greatest science fiction movie ever made?

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  1. Manual Slim

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    The good news is that the beloved original will stay the same.
     
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    Not in any order, and important concepts

    -Gattaca
    -The Matrix
    -Terminator
    -Star Wars but not entirely for what you think...Lucas was flailing at the film and the studio made him work with Joseph Campbell to fix it. Now all films must pass JC's Hero With A Thousand Faces system as SW was so successful it 'proved' the technique.
    -1984 (maybe more the book)
    -Blade Runner
    -Planet of the Apes (original)
    -A Trip To The Moon
    -Back To The Future
    -The Fly

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    I've never watched it, but I will if I can find it online. "2001" is my favourite, and the music has a lot to do with that.
     
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    It's definitely in my top 5

    But Blade Runner for number one without question for me.

    Although it was never favored by critics, Silent Running makes my top ten list as well.
     
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    Hi Geezer,
    I'm with you--it'd make my top 3. 2001 remains my favorite--I've watched it many times. I remember being blown away by it at the theater.

    Bladerunner is another favorite. I must be a distopian guy.
     
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    Nope, that would be Blade Runner.
    Metropolis is in the top ten though.
     
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    Always liked the movie, and definitely the best SciFi movie of its time. Testament that a good story is more important than effects, such as 70s Dr Who with Tom Baker.

    But saying that it's the best ever made...
    Like saying the best guitar player that ever was...
    For every 10 people you ask, you'll get 100 opinions :)
     
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    Ender's Game was a good one...
     
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    metropolis is way up there, no doubt. it is a very impressive film, on every level.

    but for high concept, 2001 for me.
     
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    As usual, all the good ones already mentioned. Close Encounters might not be mentioned because it was so massive, but I bet a lot of people forget how well crafted a movie it is.
     
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    I haven't seen Metropolis in many years. I will have to revsit it.
    Le Jetee might be at the top of my list.
    Bladerunner, I love, but somehow I always want it to be better. Maybe I was taken off track by the re-releases.
    2001 is hard to beat.
    I hope to see a respectable movie version of Canticle for Liebowitz one day. Or Michael Moorcock's Dancers at the End of Time.
     
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    Metropolis is great but I can't get past Blade Runner as the best SF.


    You may or may not know that 'Forbidden Planet' is a remake of a 16th Century story - Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'......everything old is made new again.
     
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    Back in the 70's the Friday Midnight movie here locally toggled between Rocky Picture Horror Show and Metropolis. At the time it was shown so much to so many stoners it may have lost its greatness and became fad'ness. I think it was certainly forward thinking.
     
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    Metropolis syncs up MUCH better with Dark Side Of The Moon than DSOTM does with Wizard of Oz. I may or may not have studied sci-fi in high school, in lieu of English or American literature...
     
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    I prefer these over Metropolis:

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    The Quiet Earth
    Blade Runner
    Brazil
    Terminator 2
    Aliens
     
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    I'll agree with the OP and say Metropolis is the greatest sci-fi film of all time; its influence simply cannot be overstated. But my personal favorite to watch for pure enjoyment has and I guess will always be The Day The Earth Stood Still. I've loved it since I was kid, and practically know every line by heart. Close Encounters is no slouch, either.
     
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    Certainly, "Metropolis" is one of the most influential sci-fi movies ever made, and as far as I know, it was the first great production of the genre - huge stage sets, clever visual effects and lots of extras for mass scenes. Some of these aspects were predated by russian film "Aelita" (1924) but "Metropolis" stands as the film that used all those elements and tooks them ahead into the next step.

    I'm an absolute fan of "Metropolis". I've read about it for the first time back in the 80s, in a spanish-published cinema encyclopedia and it shocked my (by then) teenage mind. Later, I got the novel written by Thea Von Harbou and I was even more shocked by it - and remember that I haven't watched the film yet.

    And finally, there arrived the restoration made by Giorgio Moroder - yes, film-purists hate it, but it gave me the chance of watching "Metropolis" for the first time on the big screen. What an experience!

    Years later I got the DVD of the first "official" restoration made by Enno Patalas, with the original music by Gottfried Huppertz. The movie was completely re-assambled, with all the scenes in the correct order and the intertitles on its place.

    Finally, in 2008, there was the discovery of the lost fragments of "Metropolis" in Buenos Aires, that were reincorporated to the original film. After eighty years, we were finally able to see "Metropolis" as close as Fritz Lang originally conceived it.

    Yes: "Metropolis", if maybe not "the greatest", is surely "one of the greatest" films ever made - and not only in the realm of science fiction.

    Best regards.
     
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    I give major props to Metropolis for being the first in that genre.
     
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    Jumping on the Blade Runner bandwagon.
     
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