More a hyperbolic, nightmare version of the Fordist production line, mapped onto the social structures of the 1920s than a sci-fi vision of the future. At its heart is perhaps the death of a tragic, mythic world, and how this can be confronted; in this cerainly I feel it is a sequel to Lang's "Niebelungen". The brilliant idea of the femme fatale as demagogue (social seductress) was not developed by subsequent films.
This is one of the the most magnificent films that exist, each moment is perfectly crafted. From the cinematography to the score. Symbolism and narrative. The films hits every note with craft and mastery in a way that will rarely be met in the years since and I do not imagine this run to end. The film envisions a dystopia that is far too believable and forward thinking to our time. One of the greats.