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In the film, the industrial context of modern city life is understood as a bustling,
contemporary place propelled by the power of industrialization and technology. The sky above
the city is filled with places while highways are suspended several feet off the ground (Classic
Films, 2020. The whole landscape has swallowed the built environment. Furthermore, the lives
of the dwellers in the city are dictated by the economy, which is carved out from the machine-
driven, fast-paced world (Classic Films, 2020). These dwellers tend to wake up in the morning
and work desperately throughout the day. They are then released in the evening when they can
recreate and celebrate. The movie exaggerates the role of the machine in the city along with its
power over the city dwellers. The workers are forced into a manic pace so that they can maintain
the pace of the machines they work with or operate. What is more, the technology in the city is
mutated from a tool of production and efficacy into a force that sucks the life out of the city
dwellers. Thus, the city is a place in utter opposition to human nature (Classic Films, 2020. It
does not serve as a place to bring the city dwellers together to secure or pursue greater things.
When the workers in the city are released from their work shifts, they are worked out outright by
the machines and become zombies.
In the movie as well, the city space is imagined and reflected in parallel with the idea of
vertical presentation of the urban space. The movie applies verticality to demonstrate class
struggles. The worker city lies beneath or below the ground (Classic Films, 2020. The upper-
class city, on its part, lies above the ground. Suffice to state that the elevator, a major reflection
of the urban space, allegorizes the impact of the machine on the modern man in the city. The city
has a sense of lack of direction. The people in the urban regions merely get on and off the
elevator, disappearing and appearing (Classic Films, 2020. An elevator is an urban machine that

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1 Discussion Author Affiliation Course Number Course Name Instructor Due date 2 Discussion In the film, the industrial context of modern city life is understood as a bustling, contemporary place propelled by the power of industrialization and technology. The sky above the city is filled with places while highways are suspended several feet off the ground (Classic Films, 2020. The whole landscape has swallowed the built environment. Furthermore, the lives of the dwellers in the city are dictated by the economy, which is carved out from the machinedriven, fast-paced world (Classic Films, 2020). These dwellers tend to wake up in the morning and work desperately throughout the day. They are then released in the evening when they can recreate and celebrate. The movie exaggerates the role of the machine in the city along with its power over the city dwellers. The workers are forced into a manic pace so that they can maintain the pace of the machines they work with or operate. What is more, the technology in the city is mutated from a tool of production and efficacy into a force that sucks the life out of the city dwellers. Thus, the city is a place in utter opposition to human nature ...
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