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Metropolis (1927)

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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.



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Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children who quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he, oblivious to such, is horrified to find an underground world of workers, apparently who run the machinery which keeps the above ground Utopian world functioning. One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is Freder's father, Joh Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis. Freder learns that the woman is Maria, who espouses the need to join the "hands" - the workers - to the "head" - those in power above - by a mediator or the "heart". Freder wants to help the plight of the workers in the want for a better life. But when Joh learns of what Maria is espousing and that Freder is joining their cause, Joh, with the assistance of an old colleague and now nemesis named ... Written by Huggo

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There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator. See more »


Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

13 March 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Metrópolis  »

Box Office


DEM 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,070 (USA) (8 August 2003)


$26,435 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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| (premiere cut) | (re-release) | (1927 cut) | (2002 Murnau Foundation 75th aniversary restored) | (DVD edition) (2002 Murnau Foundation 75th aniversary restored) | (Giorgio Moroder) | (2010 restored)

Sound Mix:

(1995 restored version)| (original release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Fritz Lang ordered extras to throw themselves towards powerful jets of water when filming the flooding of the worker's city See more »


On the Kino DVD, this is a dark scene in chapter 15. The brightness setting has to be turned up to catch this mistake. Rotwang is escorting Joh Fredersen to the catacombs. He has just closed a trap door and is passing Fredesen down the stairway. A cord or cable (possibly an extension cord) is visible fluttering besides Rotwang's right foot. See more »


Freder: It was their hands that built this city of ours, Father. But where do the hands belong in your scheme?
Joh Frederson: In their proper place, the depths.
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Restoration based on the version in the Filmmuseum Munich and material preserved in the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv See more »


Featured in 100 years of automobile: Der Tod fährt mit (1985) See more »


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Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Pete Bellotte
Performed by Adam Ant
Courtesy of Epic Records
(from the 1984 re-release)
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Highly influential and, dare I say, prophetic?
3 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fritz Lang's Metropolis is the first true masterpiece of science fiction in film. You can see it's influence in films such as Star Wars, The Matrix, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Blade Runner, and countless others. Despite the fact that parts of the film are no longer available, the efforts to reconstruct the original film from its remains are valiant enough to provide enough to make the story clear. The special effects were far ahead of their time and the set designs were, in some cases, phenomenal. I can see where some people may not enjoy this movie. It is hard for some to really appreciate a movie that is 77 years old, because a lot has happened in film since then. Yet, if you look at the basic elements of this movie - its story, characters, artwork, cinematography, etc., I believe this movie has just as much to offer now as it must have in the late 1920's. Also, take into consideration the asthetics of German expressionist film when viewing this. The performances and set designs are going to be over the top. That was part of the style. Metropolis may not be for everyone, but, for those willing to read between the lines, this film still has a lot to offer!

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