ArcLight Presents Architecture Afternoons with CAF: Metropolis

March 12, 2017 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has partnered with ArcLight Cinemas Chicago to bring you an exclusive monthly film series that explores how filmmakers use our city and its architecture to tell extraordinary stories. The selected films will be screened and followed by a discussion and Q&A with expert panelists on compelling themes related to the film as they pertain to architecture and design, filmmaking, and Chicago.

Metropolis (1927) - Discussion topics: Art Deco, architecture and the economy, architectural symbolism, construction and investment

Synopsis: In the German silent film Metropolis (1927), architecture is used to communicate status. The wealthy elite rule from tall, thin skyscrapers while workers live underground. The director, Fritz Lang, even stated that he came up with the idea for the film after seeing American skyscrapers. The appearance of the fictional city of Metropolis is a blend of Art Deco and other modern architectural movements. The film is relevant to cities today—including Chicago—as residents grapple with the issues of income inequality, booming downtowns and under-resourced neighborhoods. Nearly 90 years after the release of Metropolis, buildings are still used as symbols of power, and construction and development are still important factors in the livelihoods of urban residents.

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