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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 "flooding underground" scene took three weeks to shoot, as Fritz Lang wanted to get the scene just right. This had a huge impact on the health of the actors as he also kept the water at a constant low temperature.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 »
The Machine Man:DEATH TO THE MACHINES!See more »
Movie Connections:
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71 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
So old…and yet so futuristic!, 25 August 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Fritz Lang's groundbreaking landmark remains one of the biggest mysteries in the world of cinema. How can a movie that'll soon turn 80 years old still look so disturbingly futuristic?? The screenplay by Thea Von Harbou is still very haunting and courageously assails social issues that are of all ages. The world has been divided into two main categories: thinkers & workers! If you belong to the first category, you can lead a life of luxury above ground but if you're a worker, your life isn't worth a penny, and you're doomed to perilous labor underground. The further expansions and intrigues in the screenplay are too astonishing to spoil, so I strongly advise that you check out the film yourself. It's essential viewing, anyway! "Metropolis" is a very demanding film-experience and definitely not always entertaining. But, as it is often the case with silent-cinema classics, the respect and admiration you'll develop during watching it will widely excel the enjoyment-aspect. Fritz' brutal visual style still looks innovative and few directors since were able to re-create a similarly nightmarish composition of horizontal and vertical lines. Many supposedly 'restored' versions have been released over the years (in 1984 and 2002, for example) but the 1926-version is still the finest in my opinion, even though that one already isn't as detailed and punctual as Lang intended it. "Metropolis" perhaps is THE most important and influential movie ever made. "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Star Wars" and "Blade Runner" owe their existence (or at least their power) to it.

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