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Metropolis

  • 1926
  • Fritz Lang
  • 149 mins
  • PG

Summary

Classic science-fiction fantasy set in the year 2026. In futuristic Metropolis, the son of the city's wealthy leader falls in love with a girl from the lower classes and joins a revolution of oppressed workers when he realises the appalling conditions they have to suffer.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

No sooner had it been premiered - at approximately 153 minutes in length - than Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece was subjected to commercially inspired abridgement. Thanks to the efforts of a team of unsung archivists, this 119-minute version was compiled from the various extant prints and released in 2002. What remains still stands as a monument to both the ingenuity of the UFA art department and Lang's vision as a film-maker. The muddled political message has been the subject of much conjecture, but few can deny the majesty of the cityscapes or the inhumanity of the subterranean caverns. Among the most famous and influential silent films ever made, Metropolis has lost none of its ability to inspire awe and provoke debate. Discovery of further, presumed lost footage led to a more complete cut of the film being released in 2010.

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Credits

Cast

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John FredersenAlfred Abel
FrederGustav Fröhlich
RotwangRudolf Klein-Rogge
Maria / RobotBrigitte Helm
SlimFritz Rasp
Josaphat / JosephTheodor Loos
Georg, No 11811Erwin Biswanger
Grot, foremanHeinrich George
JanOlaf Storm
MarinusHans Leo Reich
Master of ceremoniesHeinrich Gotho
Woman in carMargarete Lanner

Crew

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DirectorFritz Lang

Details

Theatrical distributor
Arrow / Eureka
Languages
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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