This movie is the most amazing, impressive thing ever.
The first time I saw this shot (maybe 10 years ago), it blew my mind. I did what I usually do when I see something that captivates me: Research. Reading about Fritz Lang made me feel like have been abducted by aliens because it leaves me with a big hangover after. What made it all the more amazing to my young, fragile, sponge-like mind was that Metropolis was made during the 1920s. This obsession gave birth to my love for silent films and German expressionist films. Probably one of the earliest things to trigger my interest in film in general, actually.
Filming something like this at this day and digital age won’t take as much effort but it won’t necessarily guarantee us an epic. And this film still pisses on a lot of high-budget crap that Hollywood feeds us today.
Also chanced upon a poster of this shot from a LIFE coffee table book from Booksale. I just love this photo (thanks, Tumblr!). Also another reason why one of my dream jobs is capturing glorious BTS photos. It seems like a fucking badass job before, with film and all.
You see the world, you end up in jail three or four times, you accumulate experience. And it gives you something to say. If you don’t have anything to say then you shouldn’t be making films. It’s nothing to do with what lens you’re using.