The College of Central Florida is continuing its International Film Series with “Metropolis.”
The film will be shown Tuesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. An online discussion will be held Wednesday, March 31 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and hosted by Mark Neumann. Free screenings will take place at the Ocala Drive-In theater, located at 4850 S. Pine Ave. Each film also can be screened from the safety of one’s own home at a time of convenience via free internet streaming services.
This German expressionist science fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends the rebellious teacher but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict.
The film is regarded by many critics as one of the most innovative and influential films ever made. “Metropolis” includes a pop soundtrack and previously deleted scenes and images. This film has a total run time of 83 minutes.
Neumann, the host for the Wednesday discussion, is a professor of Creative Media and Film at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on visual culture, documentary studies, audio and archival storytelling, and media studies.
Neumann’s photographic and film work have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and his audio work has been broadcast on national public radio programs. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on culture, media, technology and art in a variety of venues. His books include “On the Rim: Looking for the Grand Canyon” and “Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience.”
For links to the screening and discussion, and for a full series list and more information on the International Film Series, contact Wendy Adams at (352) 873-5800, ext. 1546, or visit www.CF.edu/filmseries.