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Metropolis

  • 2010
  • Fritz Lang
  • 149 mins
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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Soon after its 1927 premiere - when it ran approximately 153 minutes in length - Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece was subjected to a brutal studio edit. The film was partially restored in 2002, to 124 minutes, but as much as a quarter of the film appeared irretrievably lost. However, the remarkable discovery, in 2008, of a 16mm negative in a Buenos Aires museum led to a full-scale reconstruction, resulting in this splendid, near-complete 150-minute version. The 25 minutes of "new" footage, unseen since the film's Berlin premiere, are worth the price of admission alone. More coherent than previous versions, this dystopian fantasy still stands as a monument to both the ingenuity of the UFA art department and Lang's vision as a film-maker - 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.

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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
Released on
2010-09-10
Languages
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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