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Fritz Lang’s Metropolis has just the right mixture of robots and revolution to be considered a treasure from the early years of film.  Lang’s dystopian vision of the future involves a privileged, prince-type character who ventures into the depths of a subterranean city populated by workers who can’t leave their machines.  Along the way, you meet the city’s architect, a mad scientist, a robot-witch, and a priestess who resembles a young Emma Goldman.

Metropolis, 1927
Starring: Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Why watch it: Before computers were invented, robots appear in this movie as part of the message that technology can be an instrument of control.  Lang may have been inspired by the burst of factories during the early 20th century, but this idea is more relevant than ever.  Also, with footage discovered in 2008, the restored version of this film is incredibly cohesive and poignant.

Metropolis Mix Contains:

1. I’m Coming Home / The Almighty Defenders
2. Look Up, Look Down That Lonesome Road / The Delmore Brothers
3. Clap Hands / Tom Waits
4. I Can’t Get Started with You, Bunny Berigan
5. Saint James Infirmary, Cab Calloway
6. Trouble in Mind / Fats Domino
7. Make Someone Happy, Jimmy Durante
8. Smokestack Lightning / The Yardbirds
9. Please Don’t Talk about Me When I’m Gome, Ethel Waters
10. Stupidity Tries, Elliott Smith
11. Doctor Jazz, Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers
12. Drugs / Black Lips
13. Blue Yodel No. 5, Gene Autry
14. Long Tall Sally, Little Richard
15. Time / David Bowie
16. Alone in Kyoto / Air
17. Peace in the Valley, Sister Rosetta Tharpe
18. Pearl’s Dream / Bat for Lashes
19. Stillness is the Move, The Dirty Projectors
20. Shout, Sister, Shout / The Boswell Sisters
21. Blue Horizon, Sidney Bechet
22. Red Reflection, Spindrift
23. You Gotta Move / Sister Rosetta Tharpe
24. Ace Coltrane, Spindrift
25.  Let’s Get it On, Marvin Gaye
26. (My Heart Goes) Piddly Patter Patter / Nappy Brown
27.  Neutron Dance, The Pointer Sisters
28. Jigsaw Falling into Place, Radiohead
29. Glory Box / Portishead
30. Speed Trials, Elliott Smith
31. My Little Underground, The Jesus & Mary Chain
32. Back Street / Dale Hawkins
33. Wildlife Sculpture, The Generationals
34. Left Hand Luke, T-Rex
35. Oh! Sweet Nothin’ / The Velvet Underground
36. Fire, RJD2
37. Wire to the Walls / RTB2
38. 2 Wicky, Hooverphonic
39. Mr. Grieves, The Pixies
40. I’ll Get By, Ruth Etting
41. Boogie Woogie Baby, The Delmore Brothers

Stream extended version here or view part of the mix on youtube.
Stream mix for the 124 minute cut here.


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