Metropolis [Reconstructed & Restored]






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        Metropolis





        Metropolis

        A film by Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927
        Reconstructed & Restored 2010,
        150 minutes

        Available (22nd Nov. 2010): amazon.co.uk



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        Sypnosis
        M E T R O P O L I S


        Metropolis is ruled by the powerful industrialist Joh Fredersen. He looks out from his office in the Tower of Babel at a modern, highly technicized world. Together with the children of the workers, a young woman named Maria reaches the Eternal Gardens where the sons of the city’s elite amuse themselves and where she meets Freder, Joh Fredersen’s son. When the young man later goes on a search for the girl, he witnesses an explosion in a machine hall, where numerous workers lose their lives. He then realizes that the luxury of the upper class is based on the exploitation of the proletariat. In the Catacombs under the Workers’ City Freder finally finds Maria, who gives the workers hope with her prophecies for a better future. His father also knows about Maria’s influence on the proletariat and fears for his power. In the house of the inventor Rotwang, Joh Fredersen learns about his experiments to create a cyborg based on the likeness of Hel, their mutual love and Freder’s mother. Fredersen orders Rotwang to give Maria’s face to the robot in order to send it to the underground city to deceive and stir up its inhabitants.

        After the robot Maria has succeeded, a catastrophe ensues. The riotous workers destroy the Heart Machine and as a result the Workers’ City, where only the children have remained, is tremendously flooded. The real Maria brings the children to safety along with Freder. When they learn about the disaster, the rebelling masses stop. Their rage is now aimed at the robot Maria, who is captured and burned at the stake. At the same time Rotwang, driven by madness, pursues the genuine Maria across the Cathedral’s rooftop, where he ultimately falls to his death. Freder and Maria find each other again. The son devotes himself to his father, mediating between him and the workers. As a consequence, Maria’s prophecy of reconciliation between the ruler and those who are mastered (head and hands) triumphs – through the help of the mediating heart.


      • Source: www.metropolis1927.com



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        Credits
        M E T R O P O L I S


        Metropolis

        Crew


          PRODUCTION COMPANY
          Universum-Film AG (Ufa), Berlin

          SCENARIO
          Thea von Harbou

          PRODUCTION DESIGN
          Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, Karl Vollbrecht

          SCULPTOR
          Walter Schultze-Mittendorf

          AT THE CAMERA
          Karl Freund, Günther Rittau

          MUSIC
          Gottfried Huppertz

          PRODUCER
          Erich Pommer

          DIRECTOR
          Fritz Lang


        Cast


          MARIA
          Brigitte Helm

          JOH FREDERSEN
          Alfred Abel

          FREDER, JOH FREDERSEN'S SON
          Gustav Fröhlich

          ROTWANG, THE INVENTOR
          Rudolf Klein-Rogge

          THE THIN MAN
          Fritz Rasp

          JOSAPHAT
          Theodor Loos

          11811
          Erwin Biswanger

          GROT, THE GUARDIAN OF THE HEART-MACHINE
          Heinrich George


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