|Concentration Camp Prisoners|
The contrast can be seen here. Maria has innocent children reaching for her in their time of desperate need, and robot Maria has the rich men of Metropolis reaching for her in sexual desire and want. Both scenes resemble each other strongly and both have extremely different meanings behind them. This is why I love the visual symbolism in this film.
|Above: Maria and Freder saving the children.|
Below: Rotwang's Maria performing for the rich men of Metropolis.
Metropolis has been described as a political film, but I feel that religion and morality influence the story more. The tale is set out like a game between God and the Devil, where there are two sides fighting for the fate of this futuristic city. To me it's portrayal of God and the Devil competing over the future world, and their armies are in human form, the war is acted through the people. Metropolis was an incredible film for me. It illustrated a new dimension to good and evil.