Metropolis

Metropolis (1927)

Genres - Drama, Science Fiction, Silent Film  |   Sub-Genres - Arthouse Science Fiction Film, Dystopian Film, Silent Film  |   Release Date - Feb 6, 1927  |   Run Time - 153 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. He and his wife, Thea von Harbou, wrote the silent film, which starred Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. Erich Pommer produced it in the Babelsberg Studios for Universum Film A.G. It is regarded as a pioneering work of the science-fiction genre in movies, being among the first feature-length movies of the genre.

Made in Germany during the Weimar Period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city's ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city. Filming took place in 1925 at a cost of approximately five million Reichsmarks. The art direction draws influence from Bauhaus, Cubist and Futurist design.

Metropolis was met with a mixed reception upon release. Critics found it pictorially beautiful and lauded its complex special effects, but accused its story of naiveté. The film's extensive running time also came in for criticism, as well as its alleged Communist message. Metropolis was cut substantially after its German premiere, removing a large portion of Lang's original footage.

Numerous attempts have been made to restore the film since the 1970s. Music producer Giorgio Moroder released a truncated version with a soundtrack by rock artists such as Freddie Mercury, Loverboy and Adam Ant in 1984. A new reconstruction of Metropolis was shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 2001, and the film was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in the same year, the first film thus distinguished. In 2008 a damaged print of Lang's original cut of the film was found in a museum in Argentina. After a long restoration process, the film was 95% restored and shown on large screens in Berlin and Frankfurt simultaneously on 12 February 2010.

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Berlin Film Festival, Cult, Dark, Destruction, Dystopia, Espionage, Expressionism, Film Based On A Novel, Future, German Expressionism, Independent, Inventor, Lang, Love, Mad Scientist, Mind-Bending/Experimental, Robot, Silent Film, Steampunk, Tower Of Babel, Transformation

Attributes

Based On: Book of Revelation, New York City, Tower of Babel
Filming Location: Berlin
Subject: Android (robot), class relations, dehumanization, gender role, intergenerational struggle, love, modernity, revolution, technology, working class, working conditions
Time Period: 2026

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Alternate Titles

Dië Maschinenmensch: The Machine Person
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Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis
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Metoroporisu
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Metrópolis
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Metropolis
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Metropolis - restaurierte Fassung
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Thành Phố Trung Tâm
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The Complete Metropolis
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Μητρόπολις
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Метрополiс
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Метрополис
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メトロポリス(1926)
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大都会
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大都會
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메트로폴리스
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