Identify the primary similarities and differences between Wells and Verne as storytellers. Is one more suited for today than the other?

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1. Watch “Metropolis” link: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=watch+metropolis+&&view=detail&mid=D28B813AAC799EBF7E3DD28B813AAC799EBF7E3D&&FORM=VDRVRV
2. Watch the two Documentaries from the series “Prophets of Science Fiction” dealing with H.G Wells and Jules Verne, Link: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xvwfs7?playlist=x2munx and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV07_6QsVK4
3. Watch the first 12 minute segment from “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and read the summary of the film, link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsrXuyjci7U
4. Respond to all the Questions regarding the film Metropolis, H.G. Wells and Jules Verne in a question & answer format please:
1) Identify the primary similarities and differences between Wells and Verne as storytellers. Is one more suited for today than the other?
2) Who do you like better as a storyteller based upon what you have read and whatever prior experience you have with their work? Why? Were they truly “prophets” or were they writing about their times and using metaphors to tell their stories? Or is it a bit of both?
3) Do you feel the outcome of the film is satisfying? Is the ending a “Happy” ending? What do you think Lang & von Harbou are trying to say with the resolution of the plot? (If anything?)
4) Briefly discuss these other elements in Metropolis…
– Plot Development
– Acting
– Cinematography & Lighting
– Special Effects
– Music (Given that this is a modern soundtrack)
5) List some of the religious themes that run through the film. What message do you believe Lang and von Harbou (the author/screenwriter) were trying to say with this imagery? Is it effective? Is it “heavy-handed”?
6) Briefly describe how you felt the characters were developed in the film. i.e. Freder,Frederson, Rotwang, The Thin Man, Maria/The Machina. Were they believable/empathetic/fearful,etc.?
7) From a technological perspective, what was your impression of the film? If this was one of your first exposures to a silent film, is it what you expected – from a technical perspective? Do you think the “special effects” effective, given that they were created almost 100 years ago? Did they help, or get in the way of the plot of the film?
8) Given the film’s place in time (1927, between the World Wars in pre-Nazi Germany) how does it fit into history? How were the filmmakers trying to influence the their times with the creation of this film? Do you think it was effective?

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