Bright Lights Film Journal

Semiology of the Wink – Part 2

As long as we’re discussing the semiology of the wink, here is the ultimate evil wink, the wink of Fritz Lang’s 1926 Metropolis fembot, unforgettably mimed by 16-year-old Brigitte Helm, the slow knowing shutting of the metal eyelid that says to flesh-and-blood mankind, “You are so fucked!