Metropolis and Modern time : Modern society, Urbanism and industrialization By Kanin Sunthornsuk (Buddy) Metropolis is a German science-? ction about idea of future utopia urbanism society which more kind of horror or nightmare rather than utopia and Modern time is comedy with iconic character , portrait by Charlie Chaplin, the tramp about a story of modernism and industrialization. These two movies have lots in common about how they imagine or have the idea in modern society world would be.
At the beginning , In Metropolis begin with the montage of Shift change at 03:17 – 05:26 with group of workers walking with the same gesture like a penguin slowing pace and step all at the same time going to work and out from work which the ? rst in ? lm industry that showing people not identify individual but in mass and faceless. While 01:23 in Modern time begin with the montage of herd of sheep going the same direction then cut to the scene where group of people walking to go to work at industry which obviously imply that the workers like sheep going the same direction doing the same thing.
I suppose the only black sheep in the sheep scene must represent the Charlie Chaplin character. In the modern time at 03:16 the working scene where the workers and Charlie himself working by winding the product over and over again . then industrial master order to faster it up causing Charlie physically damage creating a the same working gesture before winding it too much that it damage his mental and go crazy. The same in metropolis, Freder son of Joh Fredersen master
Metropolis going down to the underworld at 12:0013:46 and see where the workers working with the machine gesture doing the same thing over and over again and when they try faster it up it explode causing casualty given Freder illusion. At the Metropolis , The scene at 01:14:05 where the robot disguise to be Maria. And people cannot tell the different and at 01:21:30 the robot fake Maria encourage people to rebel and destroy the city. Both movies suggest the idea of how industrialization cause people to be like a machine and losing their sense of humanity.
Form 19:23 – 19:28 in modern time is montage of chaos. After that, Charlie was captured from misunderstood that he is mob leader and sent to jail. Being hero and save the warden, he had been living good life in the prison. Charlie was release from Jail and struggled to live in modern society. He crave to go back to prison, the safest place where it organize and give the order. The idea of human way to create visual order to the world portrait by Tower of Babel, the center control of the city. The ? lm visualizes the city having a body. t have a brain center force , heart power house and a hand. The city set class the idea of above/below.
The ? lm give the idea that how city is the order organize people prevent the wander as humanity usually is. In the libertad Riot from 19:57 in Modern time, Charlie was misunderstood that he was a mob leader which I think the scene can imply the communist march issue at the period ,and from 28:55,there is trouble with unemployed which affect Gamin’s life ,the poor girl whose father struggling to ? ding a job to provide comfort to his family. In Metropolis, The Riot of underground mob storming the heart of Metropolis ,the power house and the fake Maria is the leader form 01:27:10. Both ? lm speak about the idea of unskilled workclass struggling and classwar in modern society Form Both of the ? lm, the main point I think is to giving the concern of how the modern society developing.