Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Metropolis Rintaro anime
Metropolis (2001)
Directed by Rintaro
Fireworks burst as we swoop through a city. Jazz kicks in for people celebrating the dawn of a bright new day. “At this moment our state extends its reach to the stars,” a politician proudly declares of the Ziggurat, Metropolis’ new tower. Yet the glowing greens and bright burning reds enveloping this Japanese anime film’s forward-bound city obscure how the skyscrapers have been built with slave labor. While Metropolis’ human citizens maintain the illusion of freedom, its robotic construction workers are denied human names and the right to leave their designated areas. The movie (adapted from Osamu Tezuka’s eponymous manga) shows a society segregating its members in the name of progress. These screenings will feature live musical accompaniment by Party Supplies, who describe themselves as writing “classic rock from the future.” Aaron Cutler (July 5-6 at Nitehawk)

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