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Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge,

Lang’s futuristic superproduction is an anxiety dream of urban dystopia expressed as science fiction. Set in the year 2026, Metropolis envisions a repressive techno-oligarchy in which soaring Art Deco towers and overhead freeways mock an underclass of techno slaves ruled by a “supertrustee” (Alfred Abel), who lives with his collaborators in the paradisiacal nightclub of Yoshiwara. Lang even posits a virtual woman, an evil doppelgänger cloned from the people’s hero and spokeswoman Maria (Brigitte Helm), as another principal force in this exquisite ballet of machines and men.

  • Fritz Lang
  • Thea von Harbou
  • Karl Freund
  • Günther Rittau
  • Silent
  • with English intertitles and music track
Print Info
  • B&W/Tinted
  • DCP
  • 149 mins
  • Kino Lorber
Additional Info
  • Special photographic effects by Eugen Schufftan

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Metropolis (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2005

Unified theory (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2002

Industrial symphony (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 2002

Fritz Lang's Metropolis (review), Time Out New York, Darren D'Addario, 2002

Metropolis reconstructed (distributor materials), Kino International Corporation, 2002

Metropolis (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, Peter Scarlet, 2001

Metropolis (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2000

Metropolis (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, 1991

Fritz Lang (article), American Film, Andy Klein, 1990

Metropolis (flyer), UCLA Film & Television Archive, 1990

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