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Metropolis (DVD, 1998)

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METROPOLIS, a visionary and elaborate spectacle by director Fritz Lang is an epic projection of a futuristic city divided into a working and an elite class. Its exhilarating climax brings the city to its knees, as the classes clash against each other.


In the 21st century, a de-humanized proletariat labors non-stop in a miserable subterranean city beneath a luxurious city of mile-high skyscrapers, flying automobiles, palatial architectural idylls, tubes and tunnels. With stunningly inventive special effects, Lang's allegorical narrative and architectural vision creates a highly stylized vision of a not-so-unlikely future (especially for 1926 when the film was made). As the elite frolic above the clouds, thousands of miserable workers toil night and day inside the belly of the gigantic machine that runs the entire city. Metropolis is controlled by a sinister authoritarian whose son, Freder, rejects his father's callous philosophy and attitude towards laborers. Meek though they are, the workers are encouraged by Maria, a wistful young woman who wills her comrades to embrace patience and silent strength. Upon discovering her influence upon the workers, a mad scientist kidnaps Maria and creates a robot in her image that will incite the workers to revolt. As Freder races against time to save Maria and curtail the damage done by her doppelganger robot, Metropolis is enveloped in chaos and the classes are brought together in a breathtaking and highly moralistic climax.

Credits
Cast: Alfred Abel, Brigitte Helm, Gustav Frihlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Director: Fritz Lang

Synopsis
Fritz Lang's last silent film is a highly stylized, architecturally striking classic of the German Expressionist movement.

In the 21st-Century, a de-humanized proletariat labors non-stop in a miserable subterranean city beneath a luxurious municipality. The entire metropolis is controlled by a sinister authoritarian whose son, Freder, rejects his father's world philosophy and attitude towards laborers. Meek though they are, the workers are encouraged by Maria, a wistful young woman who assures her comrades that help is on its way. Upon discovering her influence, a mad scientist creates a Maria-look-alike that will incite the workers to revolt. When they do, the results are cataclysmic.

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METROPOLIS was released in Germany on January 10th, 1927.

METROPOLIS was Fritz Lang's last silent film.

METROPOLIS was the most expensive film ever made at its time.

METROPOLIS was filmed at the UFA studios in Berlin in 1925-26.

Fritz Lang was said to have conceived of Metropolis after a visit to the skyscrapers in New York City.

Among the cast of Metropolis were 750 secondary actors and more than 30,000 extras.

Format: DVD
Jun 1998
Not Rated
Recording Mode: (unknown)
115 min.
B&W
UPC: 056775004392
    00449
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