METROPOLIS

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The classic silent film fantasy of a futuristic city and its society.

“METROPOLIS has mass appeal over here [United States], but without class appeal of any character. It’s a weird story, visionary all of the time, without any degree of unusual imagination and oft times monotonous. With all, a puzzling film which might deceive the most expert picture showman. Yet it holds something that holds the picture audience and will draw to a picture house.

“Without a press sheet exactly what is striven for must be doped out. It appears to be that the mechanical can never wholly substitute for the human labor, nor must Capital entirely exhaust its working people or that the human physical elements may never be mechanically transposed ...

“Some sex stuff here and there and a cooch dancer! Yes sir, a coocher. In the revigorated mechanical figure, and a pretty good coocher too, but not so thick around the hips as German coochers generally are. But then you must remember that this young lady was made to order.” (Variety Film Reviews, 1926-1929)

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Year 1927

Reference number F8155

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production GERMANY

Genre Feature

Duration 1:47:00

Production company UFA

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Credits Joh Frederson: Alfred Abel
Freder His Son: Jgustav Froelich
Rotwang The Inventor: Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Maria: Brigitte Helm
The Robot: Brigitte Helm
Josephat: Theodore Loos
Groth [Gort] The Watchman: Heinrich George
Director: Fritz Lang
Screenplay: Thea Von Harbeau
Producer: Erich Pommer
Cinematography: Karl Freund
Cinematography: Gunther Rittau
Art Direction: Otto Hunte
Art Direction: Erich Kettelhut
Art Direction: Karl Vollbrecht
Costume Design: Aenne Willkomm
Set Designer: Edgar G Ulmer
Special Effects: Ernst Kunstmann
Visual Effects: Gunther Rittau
Visual Effects: H O Schulze
Painted Effects: Erich Kettelhut
Technical Advisor: Erich Kettelhut
Sculptures: Walter Schultze-Mittendorf
Robot Designs: Walter Schultze-Mittendorf

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