Hommage to Fritz Lang


Fritz Lang & Christian Montenegro

Libros del Zorro Rojo | march 2021 | 128 pages | 20 x 28 cm | hardcover

Fritz Lang’s work is one of the greatest films in the history of cinema and the first feature film to be considered Memory of the World by UNESCO. In this graphic novel, Christian Montenegro emphasizes chromatic contrasts so as to re-edit this clash of worlds. The rich elite, who rule from shining skyscrapers, and the shadows of the underworld where workers are stretched to their limits by endless workdays. Montenegro plays with hard lines and digital technique, which recreate the machine like essence and features of this urban labyrinth where the great absentee is love.

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  • Selected for The White Ravens 2021 Catalogue
  • The masterpiece of German cinema, now as Graphic Novel!

  • "It is daring to adapt a well-known artwork and to interpret it in one’s own way. To do so without casting aside or overshadowing the original is difficult, yet Argentinian illustrator Christian Montenegro meets this challenge to a remarkable degree. His “homage” to “Metropolis”, director Fritz Lang’s 1927 premiered masterpiece based on a novel by Thea von Harbou, is enthralling eye candy. Without copying the film, Montenegro’s graphic illustrations, accompanied by the silent movie’s intertitles, excellently capture its futuristic sceneries, the hype of the big city juggernaut, people’s fast-paced lives that imitate machine rhythms, and the stark social differences between the ruling class and the enslaved masses. Montenegro adopts the black-and-white aesthetic of the film, masterfully uses light and shadow effects, and works with strong contrasts. In this way, he confidently and imaginatively “translates” the film into the static pictures of the printed graphic novel medium."

    The White Ravens 2021 Catalogue