A few months back I read an article about people at NASA listing their favorite science fiction movies. Surprisingly, there were 3 that I hadn’t seen. To Netflix! I just watched the first movie, Metropolis. An 85 year old, two and half hour long silent movie. The story is about a super city divided into the elite who live above and the workers who live in an underground city. The son of the head of the city falls in love with a woman, who is a prophet telling the workers that the day will come where there is a mediator between the two classes.
The special effects were not a problem. Something about the black and white made everything blend together really well. I had the near palpable sense of watching something from another time and another world.
It was hard to pay attention due to the length, but the film was also absorbing and in a way peculiar to it being a silent film. The background music conveyed a lot of emotional power combined with the exaggerated physical acting of the actors.
This silent film was more of “moving picture” than a “talkie” movie.
I don’t know if I will be watching many more silent films, but I recommend that everyone see at least one. It is a very different experience.