Monday, November 15, 2010

Metropolis, a Peronist film

     I was forced by school reasons to see Metropolis, by Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou. Forgive my prejudice, but I still can't believe a film so old is so great. The technical achievements are innumerable, and the plot unfolds at an excellent pace. ¡The dance and death scene, Mother of God, is so good! And Brigitte Helm is also very good, maybe too good1: it was not necessary to touch herself so much while preaching peace.
     I saw Eva Perón and the trailers of Bombita Rodríguez movies and I can state unequivocally that I had never seen a more Peronist film than Metropolis. More than anything because of the conciliatory moral, the demonization of the bourgeois oppressors, the hope in the young bourgeoisie and the demonization of the violent and easy to manipulate workers. Hardly anyone outside Argentina can understand how loving, sadistic, legendary and comical looks Perón from my eyes. Even more with the infamous fame the phrase Third Position has in the world. Oh, and Thea von Harbou was Nazi.

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