- Silent with musical score
- Set design by Edgar G. Ulmer
- Special effects by Ernst Kunstmann & Eugen Schÿfftan
- NTSC Formatted (U.S.)
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 12, 1927
- Originally Released: 1927
- Label: Alpha Video
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Description by OLDIES.com:
"There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as a mediator."
In this prophetic vision of the future, the intellectual class dwells in luxury skyscapers towering hundreds of stories above the earth while far below the surface, faceless legions of laborers toil likes slaves to maintain the giant machines that run the vast Metropolis. Freder, spoiled son of the city's ruler, Johhan Frederson, frolics in his Pleasure-Garden, when his revelry is interrupted. Maria, a saintly girl from below, appears and shows him the starving, sickly children of the underworld. Consciousness aroused, Freder journeys down deep below to the subterranean world where he is horrified to see the inhuman conditions under which his fellow men are forced to toil and die.
As class conflict simmers to the boiling point, the evil industrialist-inventor Rotwang creates a robot in the image of Maria to lead the rabble into open conflict. The result is mayhem, destruction, and a Flood of biblical proportions that will shake this society to it's very core.
Director Fritz Lang creates indelible images in this expressionistic masterpiece. The set designs are some of the greatest in the history of cinema and the special effects are unbelievable in light of the limited means at the disposal this movie's creators. Metropolis is ranked as one of the best Science Fiction films of all times.
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