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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 5:01 a.m. PST

The weird things we sometimes notice from a clip or a photo … this time I came across this photo and what catches my eye is that they are using one of the very first handheld electric hair dryers in human history.

The first one was introduced to the public in 1920, so I guess they were using brand new tech while filming Metropolis.

And no, that's not C3PO, though I do remember seeing similar images of the first Star Wars film, when they were trying to keep that actor from overheating inside his costume.



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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 5:33 a.m. PST

I think hes trying to cold her off. that suit must be very warm during film under hot MP lighting.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 5:57 a.m. PST

Agreed, I bet he's blowing cool air in to the gap at her shoulder.

Dynaman878913 Sep 2017 6:40 a.m. PST

Classic movie, I'm very pleased they managed to restore almost all of it (I hope it is still on Netflix, I'll watch it again). I also have to admit to liking the Georgio Moroder (sp?) version from the eighties with modern music from that time.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 7:30 a.m. PST

The shooting of the robot scenes took 9 days in January 1926. Given that we see people in shirtsleeves it's not clear if it's meant to heat her up a bit or cool her down.

As for the magazine, much of it was pure speculation. As I posted below the article 5 years ago.

It doesn't help that Fritz Lang had a tendency to come up with tall tales in later interviews. Often the facts contradict his claims, the scenario of Metropolis was fully finished before he left for New York, so it couldn't have given him the idea for the film, though the buildings he did see there probably inspired him. Similarly he claims he was invited by Goebbels to helm German cinema, and fled to Paris that very night. In reality several months passed between his meeting and the time he left for Paris.

There are plenty of things to see in stills, notice the zodiac figures in the background, which was replaced by a pentagram in the finished film. link

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 10:02 a.m. PST

That hair drier looks very much like ones you still see today. I guess when you get a good design, you keep it.



Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 2:11 p.m. PST

Wow. They look exactly the same!


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