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Fritz Lang
Alfred Abel as Joh Fredersen
Gustav Fröhlich as Kenichi
Rudolf Klein-Rogge as Duke Red
Fritz Rasp as The Thin Man
Theodor Loos as Josaphat
Heinrich George as Grot, the guardian of the Heart Machine
Storyline: Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children who quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he, oblivious to such, is horrified to find an underground world of workers, apparently who run the machinery which keeps the above ground Utopian world functioning. One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is Freder's father, Joh Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis. Freder learns that the woman is Maria, who espouses the need to join the "hands" - the workers - to the "head" - those in power above - by a mediator or the "heart". Freder wants to help the plight of the workers in the want for a better life. But when Joh learns of what Maria is espousing and that Freder is joining their cause...
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Enormous Influence
First of all Metropolis is at it's best when you watch it with the right score (music). Stay away from the "MTV version" that music is awful and doesn't do justice to the movie. I recommend the newest version on DVD with an attempted recreation of the original score, though that would be next to impossilbe because in the days of silent films the score was provided in the theater live. Anyways I think that many people have a hard time getting used to black and white films let alone silent ones (speaking of people in my generation), so this movie can't be judged harshly or unfairly on those 2 prerequisites. If you watch Metropolis with an open mind you will be blown away. It's a science fiction movie that effectively deals with themes of class, politics, and religion. The sets and design are amazing to me, because the film was made in 1927 and in fact it's creation almost brankrupted the studio (UFA) which funded it. The imagery is what Lang is a master at and even if you watch the crummy MTV version you have to appreciate the symbolism and at the very least the sets and imagery. This movie has made a profound influence on Blade Runner, Star Wars, the Matrix, and many other sci-fi movies that are themselves highly influential. Without Metropolis I doubt any of those movies would have come out the way they did. In fact I think it's highly suspect if they would have been made at all, especially Blade Runner or the Matrix. NOTHING was like Metropolis before it's creation and even years after it's creation it stands as unique. I think for it's style and imagery alone it can be considered one of the most important movies ever. It's story isn't the best, but this is a must see for any movie buff. Once you watch it, you may be surprised at how many films actually "borrow" from it.

I wish Lang had would have followed his own maxim
Don't get me wrong. I do LIKE this film. I just don't LOVE it. I would never argue with its importance; it's just that I think that it doesn't rank as one of the greatest films ever made. There are at least a dozen silent feature films that I like more, including, but not limited to, The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer, 1928), Batteship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925), Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924), Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936), Safety Last (Harold Lloyd, 1923), Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty, 1922), Our Hospitality (Keaton, 1923), and City Lights (Chaplin, 1931).

The maxim to which I refer is this: "Between the head and hands there must be a heart" (or something to that effect). In the film, Joh Frederson is figuratively the head, Grot the hands, and Freder the heart. In analogizing the film itself with that image, I would count the film's metaphoric and symbolic aspects as the head, its technical aspects the hands. The heart should be the relationship between Freder and Maria. Unfortunately, that whole piece of the film just doesn't work very well. It comes off as merely mechanical.

What is left is still amazing. Hardly any film has matched its stunning sets. A few of the set pieces rank as some of the best ever created, for example, Moloch devouring the workers, Freder working the arms of the clock, the Tower of Babel story, the transformation of Rotwang's robot, Mecha-Maria's erotic dance, and a few others. However, there are a lot of segments that move as slow as molasses. There are a lot of scenes where characters stare at each other for so long that it proceeds to become silly.

In fact, it can be generally silly. A lot of people were laughing at somewhat inappropriate moments at the screening that I attended tonight. It is very dated, as you probably would expect a silent sci-fi movie to be. I wonder, though, if this is a German phenomenon. All silent films are dated up to a point, but a lot are very enjoyable still in a way different than sound films. The three German UFA silents I've seen, Metropolis, The Last Man, and Nosferatu (the latter two both directed by the famed F.W. Murnau) all seem more dated than usual to me. I know all three of those films have a lot of fans, but they all seem stale to me.

Tonight I saw the film in a theater with live music - a great experience if you've never had the chance to do it. The version was a brand new reconstruction which ran at 157 minutes. 157!?!?!?

The version that I own is only 120, and I get kind of bored during it. Fortunately, with the live piano music, as opposed to the usual, torturous sythesizer which accompanies most versions of the film on video, it was much easier to endure. Although I haven't seen the 120 minute version for about two years, I can speculate as to what was added in this version. Rotwang's character seemed to be expanded - I had always seen him simply as a mad scientist without any real character. Here, I believe that more of a motive has been supplied. The worker whom Freder substitutes at the clock-like work station, worker 11811, has more of a story, though a lot of its elements have been lost and were told through intertitles. There was also a lot more concerning "the thin man," a spy whom Joh Frederson orders to follow his son. There must have been more, but I don't really feel like watching my VHS tape of it right now. This was the third silent film I ever saw, the first I ever owned, and my rank has always been 8/10, regardless of the version.
A silent film ahead of its time...
First of all, I don't consider myself a silent film fan. Actually, I never really seen a silent film until METROPOLIS, unless you count THE ARTIST. Like most people, my first impression would be that silent films are boring. But I was wrong...

METROPOLIS took me completely by surprise. I was impressed at how advance the special effects are. The set design of the city is fantastic, looks very similar to something you would seen in Sci-Fi films today. The story is original with a powerful message. Though the performances of the actors are a bit over the top, which I suppose is to be expected in silent films. Also some lost parts of the film were recovered and restored, so the transitions of different qualities throughout is a bit distracting.

Overall, METROPOLIS is a great film ahead of its time. Though, I must admit it is a little hard to sit through; I myself ended up stopping it occasionally, it is a good 2 hours long.
The Mediator between the head and the hands must be the heart!
Probably one of the most important, original and inspirational movies, not to mention one of the oldest, in science fiction history.

This picture first premiered in 1927, and since then many of the copies of the original picture have been heavily damaged, ruined or simply lost. Therefore the picture today does not equal the quality of the original which was released back then, but it definitely isn't a problem. It was only in 2008, that they found another copy of the original in Argentina with a lot of the original missing footage, which was used to restore the movie as superbly as possible. Of course not everything has been recovered, and it is highly unlikely that it will change in the near future. But having this fact in mind, it is amazing how well the movie looks. The plot is unquestionably perfect. A legendary masterpiece. It is about humanity. It's flaws, it's sins, and it's virtues. The main character, who has been living a comfortable life, discovers the 'real' world. Cruelty and harsh settings for people rule life for the majority of the city's population. 'The workers'. After witnessing the unfairness of it all, he is determined to make a change. Also, as the Metropolis is practically one huge machine, that sucks the living effort out of hard workers, there is an important element of humanity versus machinery, which is heavily essential to film's idea. More clearly speaking, the plot actually resembles ''the Matrix'' and ''Dark City''. It would be quite likely if the creators of ''the Matrix''and ''Dark City'' were inspired by ''Metropolis''. At least that's just my opinion. But of course comparing the two for anything else that the idea of the story, I believe, would be unwise, as they differ one from the other aggressively. Probably due to the fact that the the time line between the both premiers is massively huge. Exactly 72 years! So if you liked ''the Matrix'' or ''Dark City'', I can not guarantee you will enjoy ''Metropolis'' as well. However, the fact still remains that the plot's are based alike. Knowing that this WAS one of the first major sci-fi stories, it would be idiotic to neglect it's importance. It IS a must see to any film fanatic, and ESPECIALLY to a sci-fi fan. A sci-fi fan not having seen ''Metropolis'' is the same as an artist not knowing who Leonardo da Vinci was.
Silent era icon
In the futuristic city of Metropolis, wealthy residents live a bright easy life up in the sunshine while the poor suffer down below maintaining the machinery. The workers live in a deep underground city. Freder Fredersen is one of the privileged who live in luxury above. His father Joh Fredersen is the founder of Metropolis. Beautiful Maria leads a group of children up to the surface and is quickly sent back. Freder tries to follow but discovers the horrific working conditions. He goes to the Tower of Babel to speak to his father but he is unmoved. Freder switches place with one of the workers. Joh comes to see old fellow inventor Rotwang to find him still obsessing about their mutual love of Hel, Freder's dead mother. Rotwang has created a robot with a devious plan. There are mysterious maps that have been discovered among the workers. Freder is invited to listen to Maria as she retells the story of Babel and the need for a heart to mediate between the hands and the head. The crowd is restless for change. Freder wants to be the mediator. Joh and Rotwang followed the maps to the meeting. Joh tells Rotwang to make the robot into Maria to sow discontent with her followers. Rotwang has a different idea to destroy the city.

This is the height of silent era movie-making. The story is fairly simple. The characters are clear cut icons of good and evil. The acting is definitely silent era. The images are ahead of its time. The fact that they are still influencing films of today says it all. This film will always be one of the cornerstones of silent movie-making.
Both visionary and outdated
Metropolis is an example of a movie that feels being both really modern because of various things we'll analyze in the review, and both outdated because certain things are depicted with a mentality of the 20s.

First off, the good things. The story is really good, works well even today in 2015, also to appreciate is the huge amount of biblical references. They definitely nailed quite a few things that today work similarly to how depicted in the movie. Depiction of modern day traffic, the various visual effects and such were outstanding for a movie from 1927. Another thing to praise is the cut. Whoever cut the scene orders, with the various parallels and setting changes did a really good job.

What instead seems outdated is the acting, and the movements. If this movie was made nowadays, there would not be that much of exaggeration done by the different actors as it was in the original film. Despite that, Rotwang and Fred.'s Father did a great performance, they certainly were the most believable characters in the film. Also, the message's displaying sounds bad with a 2015 mind. It just seems soo banalised the way it was told in the beginning, end and middle of the film. If it wasn't displayed at all, it would've been many times better. 76/100
Futuristic science fiction epic is imaginatively staged by Fritz Lang...
The first great sci-fi film is still amazing for the sets and special effects--primitive as they may seem to day's fans--especially if viewed in the sort of pristine print seen on TCM these days.

German expressionism is in full swing from the opening scene of workers reporting for a shift change in the city of the 21st century before switching to the opulent world above where men enjoy a playboy existence devoid of work and concentrating on play. There's such intensity to the surreal images on screen that it defies your ability to turn away--in other words, director Lang knows how to hook you into the story from the very start.

It's not the story that's significant here. The startling special effects and costumes and images of a mechanized society are what capture the attention immediately. The main story has the young man abandoning his life of luxury to join the oppressed workers that he observes caught in a mighty explosion--and wanting to do something by joining the workers in the depths.

Pretty heavy-going at times and the acting is strictly from silent screen technique--very melodramatic with broad gestures. The plot takes an interesting turn when the inventor is instructed to give the Machine-Man the image of the girl--whom the manager's son has fallen in love with. The manager is still bitter because his son has joined the oppressed workers. This leads to all sorts of mayhem among the workers climaxing in some of the most astonishing set pieces ever conceived at this time in German film-making.

An extraordinary viewing experience, original in concept and dazzling in execution. A memorable performance by BRIGITTE HELM, especially as the mechanized Maria.
You must watch this movie!
This is unbelievable!

I was sitting on the sofa watching the movie in an apartment in the middle of a city with high towers that host the rich, poor people around the city living in old and outdated places and bridges an tunnels that connect them. And the machines are everywhere. machines run by the hands of the poor to fulfill the mind of the rich. And I was watching a movie from 1927 that pictures my city exactly as it is now! this is unbelievable!

And The heart that is the required element that connects the hands into the minds in its right way in the movie, that was the only missing part here! I was looking for the heart in my city and found none. Maybe it has been faked nowadays?! I was thinking of the media or religion and tried to compare them with the crosses in the Maria's place or the inventor's wicked acts. That was what I found, However you may find something else.

The Visual Effect at the other hand, It was a masterfully accurate prediction. for a product from 1927, that was too much to be believed. A perfect Sci-fi for the time being and a powerful reminder of our lost hearts for our time.
Epic in spite of silence
It didn't take Metropolis long to reach a mammoth level in cinema. The film actually surely surpassed this description upon its creation, as the cost of production was more than any film at the time and included thousands of extras. The genius that is Fritz Lang shone through in this epic. The effects utilized in this film far surpassed their time and would prove to be a grandiose enjoyment for the audience for years to come. Never let anyone tell you a silent film cannot be absolutely captivating and stunning, as Metropolis proves both of these assertions to be blatantly false.

Thrown into a world full of cityscapes and advanced machinery, the audience quickly figures out that they are in a seemingly utopian future, in the city of Metropolis. The city's founder, Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel) acts as a God-like figure overlooking the city and the means of its production and continuation. His son, Freder, becomes captivated by a woman he meets in the city below. He soon learns to find out that the person of his desire, Maria (Brigitte Helm), is a member of the working class. Living amongst the wealthy society, Freder was completely oblivious to life among the poor working class, living below the city. He then becomes shocked and quite saddened to learn that his father is responsible for the conditions of the working class. In what spawns a duel between loyalty and love, Freder devotes himself to reaching common ground between the wealthy and the working poor. Someone must mediate between the members of society that think of action for the city, and the working class that bring those thoughts to fruition; Freder is just the person for the job.

A technical wonder for its time and beyond, Metropolis remains fixed in its astonishing effects. The scene in which Maria captivates the men of Metropolis is incredible. The juxtaposition between the collage of eyes, men's faces, and the dancing Maria was chilling. Just as powerful as this scene are the many in which the audience gets a view of just how many people are involved in this film. Seeing the droves of individuals racing around on screen is mind boggling to say the least. All of these technical feats culminate with Maria's transformation to machine. The visuals that Lang uses throughout the film are incredible, not just in a "for 1927" way either. The widely regarded first feature-length science fiction film, Metropolis is one to visit again and again, even today, for sci-fi fans.

Riddled with heavy concepts throughout the entire film, Metropolis deals with social hierarchy, revolt, and capitalism, among many other ideas. Without trying, one can appreciate the stark difference in class between the citizens of Metropolis. For the wealthy above ground, they live a carefree life, completely oblivious to those working beneath the city desperately trying to sustain themselves. Freder himself, heir to the city's founder, had no idea what people endured to preserve the city and all of its technology. Once the workers realize how different they live compared to the wealthy elite, revolt becomes a possibility. It seems, even beneath the differences among the two classes, neither wants to do the other harm. The workers are driven to revolt to make fair society rather than harm the wealthy members of it. The film also makes a stark claim about capitalism, that it should be both desired and feared. Citizens should desire capitalism because it will guarantee the city in which they live will be sustained by a working class that will never leave their position. Security is a benefit that it seems only capitalism can provide to a collection of citizens. Capitalism should also be feared as a means to keep workers from reaching their potential and creating a disconnection between the workers from the rest of society. This time of constant menial work also alienates the workers from what they are doing daily resulting in spirits that are never tapped. One could spend a lifetime discussing the conceptions within Metropolis, as it remains a beautifully intense film that should be required viewing for anyone living among other people.

I find it interesting that H.G. Wells quoted Metropolis as being "quite the silliest film" because much of it reminded me, and seemed to be inspired from, his own work The Time Machine. Both tell the story of a dystopian future, advanced technology and its flaws, and the dangers of class separatism. For whatever the reason, and it would have to be a good one, Wells didn't enjoy this film. Everyone has that prerogative; I quite enjoyed the film, and had fun seeing my first silent movie epic. I would recommend this as required viewing for citizens and Fritz Lang fans alike. Luckily, that should cover just about everybody.
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