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Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 13 March 1927 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Thea von Harbou (screenplay), Thea von Harbou (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
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 Erwin Biswanger ... 11811 - Georgy
Heinrich George ... Grot - the Guardian of the Heart Machine
Brigitte Helm ... The Machine Man / Maria
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Storyline

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 quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he is horrified to find an underground world of workers who apparently run the machinery that keeps the Utopian world above ground functioning. One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is Freder's father, John Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis. Freder learns that the woman is called Maria, who espouses the need to join the "hands" - the workers - to the "head" - those in power above - by a mediator who will act as the "heart". Freder wants to help the plight of the workers in their struggle for a better life. But when John learns of what Maria is advocating and that Freder has joined their cause, with the assistance of an old colleague. an inventor called ... Written by Huggo

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Fritz Lang's 1927 Masterpiece Now With 25 Minutes of Lost Footage (2010 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

13 March 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metropolis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,386, 14 July 2002

Gross USA:

$1,236,166
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (1995 restored version)| Silent (original release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of the designers/builders of the giant steam powered machine in the film was Albert Sammt. Sammt, by trade, was a rigger and elevatorman in the airship industry. Surprisingly, many airshipmen like Sammt who were looking for work at the time, took positions as technical crew in the motion picture industry. Upon returning to work in the German airship industry, Sammt was eventually promoted to captain. Captain Albert Sammt, under the command of Captain Maximilian Pruss, served as first officer of DLZ-129 Hindenburg. Sammt was amongst the surviving crew of the 1937 disaster. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Maria: HEAD and HANDS need a mediator. THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN HEAD AND HANDS MUST BE THE HEART!
Worker #1: But where is our mediator, Maria - ?
Maria: Wait for him! He will surely come!
Worker #2: We will wait, Maria...! But not much longer - - !
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Crazy Credits

Restoration based on the version in the Filmmuseum Munich and material preserved in the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2001 a newly restored version premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Opposite the numerous restorations, it features the original sequencing, that had been lost over the years. With a running time of 147 minutes it gets close to the original cut (ca. 150 minutes). See more »

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Soundtracks

Cage of Freedom
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Pete Bellotte
Performed by Jon Anderson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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The father of sci-fi cinema.
24 April 1999 | by PIST-OFFSee all my reviews

Silent movies are not for everyone. Neither are subtitles. Those brave enough to view a movie with no sound and words that are far and few between should definitely enjoy this silent masterpiece. One of the biggest productions of its time, Metropolis still holds its own when set design and special effects are compared. But what Metropolis really has is orginality. This German-Expressionist film had such originality in everything from its costumes to its views of a future (modern) city that its ideas can still be seen everywhere in modern sci-fi. Star Wars's C-3PO was based on Bridgette Helm's robot. Dark City and Brazil both have Metropolis look-a-like cities. This is a very good movie. It's too bad most movies don't have its originality.


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