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The science fiction film that started it all… In 1927, Fritz Lang's film, Metropolis, aired to a noncommittal audience. Written by Thea von Harbou, Lang's wife, as a silent film it relied heavily upon the images to tell the story of early utopian visions, and although it wasn't apparent ... Read review

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"...that continues to this day. Metropolis became one of the most influential films ever made. After many delays, filming finally got off the ground in May of 1925, mostly being shot in the UFA studio in Neu-Babelsberg and Staaken, near Berlin. It took 310 days to make, at a cost of six million marks. German reviews were mixed though the film was highly praised, and people flocked to the cinema to see this 33 chapter masterpiece. Fritz Lang set new ..." Read review
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"Metropolis 1927 Length: Variable Dir: Fritz Lang Most people today brought up on a diet of CG and Will Smith Sci Fi will be totally bemused by this. They shouldnt be as it's absolutely fascinating stuff! 'Metropolis' is always cited as a major landmark of early cinema along with the likes of 'A Trip to the Moon' twenty years earlier and you can see its influence in everything from Blade Runner to Batman and Doctor Who. Film academics often delight ..." Read review
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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.

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Actor(s) Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Brigitte Helm, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Brigitte Helm, Gustav Frohlich, Alfred Abel, Fritz Rasp, Gustav Frohlich, Fritz Rasp
Director(s) Fritz Lang, Fritz Lang
Genre Science Fiction & Fantasy
Classification Parental Guidance
Production Year 1927
Colour Black & White
Running Time 2 hours 19 minutes
Video Category World Cinema Feature Film
Country Of Origin Germany
Plot 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.

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DVD Region DVD
Studio(s) EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT; DISC DISTRIBUTION LTD.
Release date 28/06/1999
No of Discs 1
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Catalogue No EKA 40001
Barcode 5024165810125

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Aspect Ratio 4:3 Full Frame
Sound Dolby Digital Stereo
Dubbing Sound Dolby Digital Stereo

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