Monday, July 25, 2011
Early 20th Century
Henri Matisse, Harmony in Red
E.L. Kirchner, Artist With Model, German Expressionism
Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907
Pablo Picasso, Ma Jolie, Cubism
Wassily Kandinsky, Painting with Black Lines
EARLY 20TH CENTURY ART
Die Brücke (The Bridge)
The Russian Avant Garde
Director Fritz Lang's 1927 epic movie Metropolis was history's first science fiction blockbuster. Set in an immense city in the year 2026, the movie shows a struggle between exploited workers forced to live underground who their superiors regard as more disposable than the machines they toil over, and a privileged elite who live high above in the great city. Though the movie was a huge hit throughout Europe, it was so expensive to make that even with sell out shows, the production company was forced into bankruptcy. Metropolis is the grandfather of all the science fiction epics that come out every summer from Star Wars to Blade Runner to The Matrix to Star Trek.
Metropolis still has devoted fans around the world, and Kino-Lorber, the company that now owns it, is cracking down on YouTube postings of this movie. So here is the official trailer for their new fully restored release of the movie from a few years ago. You get a glimpse of a lot of the cool parts.
Twentieth Century art is an art of great expectations and great anxieties, and both of those come together in this spectacular movie.
Posted by Counterlight at 4:28 PM