• Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis

Release Date: March 6th, 1927

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

This influential German science-fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends the rebellious teacher Maria (Brigitte Helm), but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict.

Cast: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp, Theodor Loos, Erwin Biswanger, Heinrich George

Director: Fritz Lang

Genres: Science Fiction

Production Co: Paramount

Keywords: Dark, Quest, Melodramatic, Tense, Son

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Trashy and glorious, the restored Metropolis is a pop epic for the ages. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Does what many great films do, creating a time, place and characters so striking that they become part of our arsenal of images for imagining the world. show more

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Metropolis has a place in world history as well as in the annals of fantasy. Adolf Hitler was said to have loved it, and Lang eventually fled Germany for Hollywood when the Third Reich wanted him to run its movie industry. Few movies of any era offer so much varied food for thought, cinematically and politically. Its new restoration is a major motion-picture event. show more

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