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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... See more »

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Joh Fredersen
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Freder - Joh Fredersen's Son
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C.A. Rotwang - the Inventor
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The Thin Man
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Josaphat
Erwin Biswanger ...
11811 - Georgy
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Grot - the Guardian of the Heart Machine
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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)
Gottfried Huppertz ...
Man Playing Violin (uncredited)
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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)
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Working Man (uncredited)
Henrietta Siodmak ...
Working Woman (uncredited)
Olaf Storm ...
Jan (uncredited)
Erwin Vater ...
Working Man (uncredited)
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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

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Fritz Lang

Written by

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Thea von Harbou ... (screenplay)
 
Thea von Harbou ... (novel)
 
Fritz Lang ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Erich Pommer ... producer

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James Duhamel ... (1999) (as Wetfish)
Sandro Forte ... (1999) (as Wetfish)
Gottfried Huppertz
Abel Korzeniowski ... (2004)
Giorgio Moroder ... (1984)
Peter Osborne ... (1998)
Bernd Schultheis ... (2001)
Benjamin Speed ... (2005/2011)

Cinematography by

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Karl Freund
Günther Rittau
Walter Ruttmann

Editorial Department

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Blake Jones ... colorist

Art Direction by

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Otto Hunte
Erich Kettelhut
Karl Vollbrecht

Costume Design by

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Aenne Willkomm

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Slatan Dudow ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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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

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Ernst Kunstmann ... special effects
Konstantin Irmen-Tschet ... special photographic effects sequences (uncredited)
Erich Kettelhut ... trick photography (uncredited)

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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)
Edmund Zeihfuss ... model maker (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Hermann J. Kaufmann ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Brian Reeves ... mixing engineer
Frank Strobel ... music editor
Otto Harzner ... conductor: original score (uncredited)
Frank Strobel ... conductor (uncredited)

Other crew

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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)

Thanks

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Rotwang, who turns out to be But their nemesis goes to works towards quashing a proposed uprising, with Maria at the centre of their plan. John, unaware that Rotwang has his own agenda., makes plans that include shutting down the machines, with the prospect of unleashing total anarchy both above and below ground. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Fritz Lang's 1927 Masterpiece Now With 25 Minutes of Lost Footage (2010 re-release) See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Complete Metropolis (World-wide, English title)
  • Metrópolis (Spain)
  • The Complete Metropolis (Greece)
  • Метрополис (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Метрополис (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 153 min
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Budget DEM6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Much to Fritz Lang's dismay, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels were big fans of the film. Goebbels met with Lang and told him that he could be made an honorary Aryan despite his Jewish background. Goebbels told him "Mr. Lang, we decide who is Jewish and who is not." Lang left for Paris that very night. See more »
Goofs When Freder and Josaphat are climbing down into the miner's city Freder is barefoot. When they are taking the children up the stairs, he has shoes again. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into La monnaie de l'absolu (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Love Kills See more »
Crazy Credits Restoration based on the version in the Filmmuseum Munich and material preserved in the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv 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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