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Atlanta is “Metropolis”

We are currently discussing Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in German 200. One of the most iconic images from this film is the modern city with skyscrapers, airplanes, elevated trains moving around. Turns out that Atlantans in 1910 had a vision of what their city would look like in 2010 not very different from Fritz Lang’s city:

Here’s the picture from Metropolis:

And here’s Atlanta as envisioned by the Greater Atlanta Magazine in 1910 (via the Decatur Metro Blog):


About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.


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