Thursday, October 22, 2009

Metropolis: Mad Scientist

In this nice sepia tinted image, here is a slick modern mad scientist, C.A. Rotwang, from Fritz Lang's 1927 German Expressionism silent film Metropolis.

The upside down star is often said to be a satanic symbol. I wonder what it's prominent placement here was meant to express.

The logo for the Republican National Committee also uses this star shape. It has been written that the star is only tipped to the right, standing on one leg. If that was the intent, the star could be tipped either to the left or the right.

1 comment:

Kris said...

Interesting analysis of symbolism. I turned the logo upside down to see what the stars would look like, and what I saw was a resembled devil horns and a tail.