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Film: Double Feature

Metropolis (1927) / Dark City (1998)


Thursday Jan 3, 2013 (7:30pm)



Egyptian Theatre (Venue Partner)

6712 Hollywood Blvd


Directions: The Egyptian Theatre is just east of Highland Avenue between Las Palmas Avenue and McCadden Place. Metro Stop: Hollywood & Highland


$7 - 11

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Perhaps Fritz Lang's finest two hours, Metropolis partially arose from his first sighting of a 1920s nighttime New York skyline. The reel's mechanized monuments stem from this real-life revelation, as the imposing architectural patterns become the first symptom of the alienated, all-too-efficient future society. With a caste system separating the masses of subterranean slaves and the elevated, decadent elite, the film captures the incipient phase of a literal social groundswell led by Joan of Anarchy, Maria. The megalomaniacal master's son does a Buddha-like pirouette after witnessing the workers' suffering, while his father fabricates another agenda. A Socialist sci-fi fever dream, the film reverberates far after its concluding pandemonium. Don't miss your chance to see it on the big screen.

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Egyptian Theatre says…

Metropolis, 1927, Kino Lorber, 153 min. Fritz Lang's early science fiction masterpiece takes place in a future metropolis divided into two halves: a land of luxury for the rich and powerful and a subterranean nightmare for the poor workers who keep the city running. When a son of privilege falls for worker-turned-revolutionary Maria and discovers the hellish conditions underground, he tries to fix things, only to come up against evil genius Rotwang - who creates a "fake" Maria in order to manipulate her followers. Dark City, 1998, New Line Cinema, 100 min. Alien "Strangers" whose world is dying collect a group of humans to study what makes them tick, but one man, Murdoch (Rufus Sewell), proves resistant to the experiments and goes on the run, pursued by detective Bumstead (William Hurt) as he falls in love with torch singer Emma (Jennifer Connelly). Director Alex Proyas uses this sci-fi concept to explore the most profound philosophical issues relating to memory, experience, and what it means to be human.