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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 restored version of 2001 was based on a digital restoration at 2K resolution from the best available sources then known to exist. The image quality far surpassed anything seen since the original release of the film.See more »
Continuity: The interior sets of the Rotwang house are much larger than the exterior views (this discrepancy was first noted in a review by H. G. Wells).See more »
Maria:There can be no understanding between the hand and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator.See more »
Cage of FreedomSee more »


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112 out of 128 people found the following review useful.
Early science fiction story that presents a pessimistic prediction of a future society., 16 February 2001
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

Who ever heard of an epic science fiction film? Especially in the 1920s? Sure, some science fiction movies are huge today, such as George Lucas' latest goofy Star Wars movie, but in 1926, Fritz Lang came out with a brilliant film about what the future would be like if people went on living the way they were living back then. And sure enough, we went right ahead living the way we were living, the population got bigger and more crowded, and now modern society is not a whole lot different from what was presented in Metropolis.

The story is about a young rich kid without a care in the world who becomes concerned about the way that society (Metropolis) was run by his father, John Frederson, the master of Metropolis. He lives in a ‘Pleasure Garden' high above the level of the workers', and he worries about what would happen if the huge number of workers were to turn against his father, given the terrible conditions under which they live and work. Some of the best scenes in the film take place in the underground mines, showing the workers portrayed as little more than components on a gigantic, sinister looking machine. The scene where the machine overheated even contained some impressive stunts, as well as interesting cinematography as the machine transforms into a giant devil-looking monster. After countless workers are consumed by it (no wonder this was Hitler's favorite film), they are immediately replaced by other workers, who go right to the same spots that the previous men left and resume their robotic movements. If some of these scenes, men can be seen being carried away on stretchers after having been injured, and the rest of the workers keep right on working, hardly even noticing.

The way that the workers are portrayed as lifeless machines is one of the more potent elements of this film, as well as the most revealing about the directors intentions. When his son complains about the tragic things that go on in the mines, Frederson replies that such accidents are unavoidable, but his son still insists that they deserve credit for building the city. This is the kind of content that foreshadows some serious mutiny, and at the same time it shows what may very well happen when large groups of people feel mistreated. `Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups' is a saying that doesn't necessarily only apply to stupid people, as Metropolis suggests. Fritz Lang brilliantly portrays this very complex story with extremely limited dialogue, and the result is still compelling today. The special effects in this film are decades ahead of its time – it even resembles The Fifth Element in many ways (except that the two films can hardly be compared) – and the acting and especially the elaborately created sets are stunning to say the least. An excellent film, Metropolis is one of the few that should never be forgotten.

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