The representation of the urban environment can occasionally be so important in a film that it comes to define it as much as the creative individuals who produced it. From the depiction of Tokyo in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation as a place that can be at once isolating and connective, to the foggy and haunting canals of Venice in Nicolas Roeg’s striking Don’t Look Now, the city environment can play a hugely important role in narrative movement and character development. It can also occasionally seem like a character in its own right- one would struggle to think of Blade Runner without also calling to mind the neon, rain soaked streets of a dystopian futuristic LA. It could be argued the ultimate choice is Fritz Lang’s appropriately named 1927 classic Metropolis and, at the very least, it was one of the first to embrace the idea of the city as a foundation of the story itself.


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