Incorporating more than 25 minutes of newly discovered footage, this 2010 restoration of METROPOLIS is the definitive edition of Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece. Backed by a new recording of Gottfried Huppertz’s 1927 score (presented here in 5.1 Stereo Surround), the film’s dazzling visual design and special effects are more striking than ever. And the integration of scenes and subplots long considered lost endows METROPOLIS with even greater tension and emotional resonance, as it dramatizes the conflict between wealthy über-capitalists and rebellious subterranean laborers—orchestrated by a diabolical scientist capable of destroying them both. —KINO
Born in Vienna in 1890, Fritz Lang was brought up in Viennese middle-class comfort by his Roman Catholic father Anton and his Jewish mother Paula Schleisinger who both hoped that young Fritz would become an architect. But like so many middle-class children of the new century, Lang was fascinated by the pulp and fantasy literature of his day, the art world both in and outside Vienna and a potent new form of entertainment that invited artistic scrutiny and craftsmanship, the motion picture. Though the teenaged Lang attended school as his parents wished, he secretly haunted the cafe’s and cabarets of Vienna and intended to become a painter like his idols Klimt and Schile. At aged 21 Lang’s yearning took him to Paris where he lived in Bohemian splendor until the outbreak of W.W.I. Returning to Vienna, Lang enlisted in the Austrian army where he repeatedly saw combat, was wounded at least three times and decorated twice.
It was while on leave recuperating from one of these wounds… read more
I love how this movie is abstract in how it displays processes - like how the machines are controlled - and doesn't explain much, if anything, about the futuristic setting portayed. It shows a creative sci-fi setting, but integrates it with a classic story of Christian principles. Also, I love the idea of the heart being the mediator between mind and hands, and how it's represented by the revolution by the workers.
The best science fiction should act as a foil for social comentary of the day wich Metropolis paves the way for. And a cool robot and Giant sets.
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Language: German (inter titles)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Thea von Harbou
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From the looks of it at the beginning, one can tell movies of the dystopian sci-fi genre have gained a great deal of influence from Metropolis, from Blade Runner to Dark City. Its expressionistic qualities… read review
A visual masterpiece. Absolutely stunning sets and cinematography. The story is much more comprehensible with the lost footage restored. Still heavy handed with outrageous overacting but, since Lang… read review