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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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13 March 1927 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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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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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The multiple-exposed sequences were not created in a lab but right during the filming on the set. The film was rewound in the camera and then exposed again right away. This was done up to 30 times.See more »
Continuity: After having worked at the machine for ten hours, Freder is clearly exhausted when he enters the catacombs and goes down the last stairwell. When he relieved Georgy (worker 11811) earlier in the film, Georgy was sweating--implying Freder should now be sweating too. However, when he takes off his beanie in the catacombs, his hair isn't wet from sweat at all.See more »
The Machine Man:DEATH TO THE MACHINES!See more »
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72 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Heart is the Mediator Between Brains and Muscles – A Futuristic View of the Fight of Classes, 26 January 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the future, the society of Metropolis is divided in two social classes: the workers, who live in the underground below the machines level, and the dominant classes that lives in the surface. The workers are controlled by their leader Maria (Brigitte Helm), who wants to find a mediator between the upper class lords and the workers, since she believes that a heart would be necessary between brains and muscles. Maria meets Freder Fredersen (Gustav Fröhlich), the son of the Lord of Metropolis Johhan Fredersen (Alfred Abel), in a meeting of the workers, and they fall in love for each other. Meanwhile, Johhan decides that the workers are no longer necessary for Metropolis, and uses a robot pretending to be Maria to promote a revolution of the working class and eliminate them.

"Metropolis" is a fantastic futuristic view of the fight of classes. When "Metropolis" was shot, it was a romantic revolutionary period of mankind history, with socialist movements around the world. Fritz Lang directed and wrote the screenplay of this masterpiece certainly inspired in this historical moment and defending a position of agreement and understanding between both sides, showing that they need each other. I wonder how this great director was able to produce such special effects in 1927, with very primitive cameras and equipment. The city of Metropolis is visibly inspired in New York. The performance of Brigitte Helm is stunning in her double role, and this movie is mandatory for any person that says that like cinema as an art. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Metropolis"

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