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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 ... Johann (Joh) Fredersen
Gustav Fröhlich ... Freder Fredersen - Joh Fredersens Sohn
Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... Erfinder C.A. Rotwang / The Inventor
Fritz Rasp ... Der Schmale / The Thin Man
Theodor Loos ... Josaphat / Joseph
Erwin Biswanger Erwin Biswanger ... 11811 - Georgy
Heinrich George ... Grot -Wärter der Herzmaschine / Guardian of the Heart Machine
Brigitte Helm ... Maria / Maschinenmensch / The Machine Man
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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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Taglines:

HIGH INTO THE AIR! DEEP INTO THE EARTH! A Miraculous Glance Into the Future That Will Leave you Spellbound and Thrillbound (Print Ad- Newburgh News, ((Newburgh, NY)) 31 August 1927) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film took almost a year and a half to shoot. See more »

Goofs

Maria is preparing to leave the catacombs, and Rotwang has sneaked in to kidnap her. He diverts her attention by throwing a loose brick to the ground a short distance from himself. The candle Maria is holding is probably a prop that is actually a gas burner. A hose or cord (possibly a gas supply hose) is visible on the ground behind her on her left. She turns to her right and walks. The hose is pulled by her right heel. See more »

Quotes

The Machine Man: [disguised as Maria] Women and men, let no one miss today - ! Death to the machines - !
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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

The Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation undertook a restoration/reconstruction of this film for its 75th aniversary in 2002. This version runs 123 minutes and features a new recording of the original musical score used for the 1927 German version. It uses special intertitles to describe what took place in the footage that remains missing. See more »

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Soundtracks

Machines
Written by Giorgio Moroder
Performed by Giorgio Moroder
Courtesy of Columbia Records
(from the 1984 re-release)
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So old…and yet so futuristic!
25 August 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | None

Release Date:

13 March 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,386, 14 July 2002

Gross USA:

$1,236,166

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,349,711
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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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