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Metropolis -- The most influential of all silent films, this astounding new version of Fritz Lang's visionary masterpiece includes 25 minutes of newly-discovered, digitally restored footage and Gottfried Huppertz's magnificent original score - the closest version ever seen since the film's 1927 Berlin premiere. METROPOLIS takes place in 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live in the dark underground and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century, many of which presage such sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and BLADE RUNNER. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of the German silent cinema.
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Release Date:
13 March 1927 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Alfred Abel ... Joh Fredersen

Gustav Fröhlich ... Freder - Joh Fredersen's Son

Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... C.A. Rotwang - the Inventor
Fritz Rasp ... The Thin Man
Theodor Loos ... Josaphat
Erwin Biswanger ... 11811 - Georgy

Heinrich George ... Grot - the Guardian of the Heart Machine

Brigitte Helm ... The Machine Man / Maria
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fritz Alberti ... Creative Human - Man who Convinces Babel (uncredited)
Grete Berger ... Working Woman (uncredited)
Olly Boeheim ... Working Woman (uncredited)
Max Dietze ... Working Man (uncredited)
Ellen Frey ... Working Woman (uncredited)
Beatrice Garga ... Woman of Eternal Gardens (uncredited)
Heinrich Gotho ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Dolly Grey ... Working Woman (uncredited)
Anny Hintze ... Woman of Eternal Gardens (uncredited)
Georg John ... Working Man Who Causes Explosion of M-Machine (uncredited)
Walter Kuehle ... Working Man (uncredited)
Margarete Lanner ... Lady in Car / Woman of Eternal Gardens (uncredited)
Rose Lichtenstein ... Working Woman (uncredited)
Hanns Leo Reich ... Marinus (uncredited)
Arthur Reinhardt ... Working Man (uncredited)
Curt Siodmak ... Working Man (uncredited)
Henrietta Siodmak ... Working Woman (uncredited)
Olaf Storm ... Jan (uncredited)
Erwin Vater ... Working Man (uncredited)
Rolf von Goth ... Son in Eternal Gardens (uncredited)
Helen von Münchofen ... Woman of Eternal Gardens (uncredited)
Helene Weigel ... Working Woman (uncredited)
Hilde Woitscheff ... Woman of Eternal Gardens (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
Writing credits
Thea von Harbou (screenplay)

Thea von Harbou (novel)

Fritz Lang  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Original Music by
Gottfried Huppertz 
Abel Korzeniowski (2004)
Giorgio Moroder (1984)
Peter Osborne (1998)
Bernd Schultheis 
Benjamin Speed (2005/2011)
Wetfish (1999)
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
Günther Rittau 
Walter Ruttmann 
Art Direction by
Otto Hunte 
Erich Kettelhut 
Karl Vollbrecht 
Costume Design by
Aenne Willkomm 
Art Department
Otto Hunte .... set designer
Erich Kettelhut .... set designer
Walter Schulze-Mittendorff .... sculptor (as Walter Schultze-Mittendorf)
Karl Vollbrecht .... set designer
Edgar G. Ulmer .... set designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ernst Kunstmann .... special effects
Konstantin Irmen-Tschet .... special photographic effects sequences (uncredited)
Erich Kettelhut .... trick photography (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jeff Matakovich .... color and opticals (1984 restoration)
Eugen Schüfftan .... special visual effects
Erich Kettelhut .... painting effects (uncredited)
Ernst Kunstmann .... assistant compositing effects artist (uncredited)
Willy Muller .... model maker (uncredited)
Hugo O. Schulze .... assistant trick photography (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Karl Freund .... camera operator
Günther Rittau .... camera operator (as Gunther Rittau)
Robert Baberske .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Horst von Harbou .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hermann I. Kaufmann .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Brian Reeves .... mixing engineer
Frank Strobel .... music editor
Otto Harzner .... conductor: original score (uncredited)
Frank Strobel .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Rudi George .... key production assistant (uncredited)
Erich Holder .... production assistant (uncredited)
Erich Kettelhut .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Gustav Püttjer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Hans Taussig .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bob Badami .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Eileen Bowser .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
John Branca .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Mark Damon .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Michael Dilbeck .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Jere Huggins .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Dieter Kosslick .... special thanks (2010 restoration)
Rusty Lemorande .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Tom Luddy .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Mike Lynskey .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Alan Marshall .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Michael Maslansky .... special thanks (1984 restoration) (as Mike Maslansky)
Alan Parker .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Paul Schrader .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
David Shepard .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Gary Stiffelman .... special thanks (1984 restoration)
Walter Yetnikoff .... special thanks (1984 restoration)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Complete Metropolis" - International (English title) (restored version)
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153 min | Germany:210 min (premiere cut) | Germany:93 min (re-release version) | USA:114 min (25 fps) (1927 cut version) | USA:123 min (2002 Murnau Foundation 75th aniversary restored version) | 119 min (DVD edition) (2002 Murnau Foundation 75th aniversary restored version) | 80 min (Giorgio Moroder version) | 145 min (2010 restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (1995 restored version) | Silent (original release)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G | Finland:K-7 | Germany:0 (DVD re-rating) | Germany:12 (video rating) (re-release) | Germany:18 (original rating) (1927) | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:12 (1986) | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating) | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) | Spain:T (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-release) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (theatrical re-release) (1962)

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This was the first film ever to be registered in the "Memory of the World-Register" of the UNESCO in 2001.See more »
Revealing mistakes: On the Kino DVD, a shot in chapter 7 that lasts nine seconds is backwards. The shot starts at 16 minutes, 33 seconds. It is the third of four cityscape shots in a row. The vehicular traffic in this third shot moves on the left side. The traffic moves on the right side in the second and fourth shots. There is a backward script letter "B" on the left side of the third shot. These indicate the third shot is backwards. If the third shot is reversed, it becomes apparent that it is a close-up of the bottom of the fourth shot.See more »
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168 out of 199 people found the following review useful.
Highly influential and, dare I say, prophetic?, 3 December 2004
Author: ACitizenCalledKane from United States

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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