Metropolis

Metropolis

DVD - 2002
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The story of a 21st century city run by a "super trustee" and his collaborators who live in a paradise-like garden. Workers are totally enslaved by machines and condemned to live underground. In the midst of this misery, a young woman, Maria, arises and attempts to inspire the workers to throw off their oppressors.

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Moon_Spinner
Dec 30, 2019

1927's "Metropolis" is a silent-era SyFy film whose story of a world ruled by a tyrannical technocracy is set 100 years into the future (in the year 2026).

I think that it's quite interesting to note that even back 90 years ago man's future certainly looked pretty bleak and not very hopeful, at all.

For its time - "Metropolis" definitely had some really impressive visuals to boast about to its credit. It was especially the robot in this film that certainly grabbed my attention.

🤖 Although the DVD and Blu-Ray versions are filed here (Tulsa PL) as if they were the same film, this is not quite true. The DVD is the so-called Restored Authorized Edition, 124 minutes long and dating from 2001. The Blu-Ray is the so-called Complete Metropolis from 2010, relying on additional film elements, and the discovery in Argentina of a 16mm copy of Lang's original premiere cut, long thought lost. The Complete Metropolis runs 148 minutes, and a good fifth of the film is new material, unseen since 1927. The additional material adds to the plot and even introduces a new character.
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There is also a DVD of the Moroder edition, only 82 minutes long, but with a bitchin' rock soundtrack, and a DVD of the Complete Metropolis, and downloadable versions of the Moroder and the Complete Metropolis. So, watch out and be sure you get the one you want.

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Beat_Box
Dec 23, 2019

Even though Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" (from 1927) (set in the year 2026) is yet another SyFy film (in a long line of SyFy films) that takes a very unfavorable and bleak outlook at the future of mankind (and, yes, womankind, too) - I definitely think that this ambitious German production excels when it comes to much of its visual presentation (which is impressive. Indeed).

So, f-f-f-folks! - If you are willing to cut this b&w, silent-era picture some serious slack, then, I don't think that you will be left disappointed (in the long run).

ArapahoeTina Nov 14, 2019

A fascinating slice of movie history. If you like sci-fi and are looking for a classic that was way before its time, check out this film.

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Les_J
Jun 12, 2019

I only watch it every few years, but it is a classic sci fi/dystopian movie.

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1aa
Jun 11, 2019

I had really wanted to like this film, but eventually I could hardly stand it: for about the last hour and ten minutes I was checking how much longer I would have to watch - it became very tedious. The imagery was great (for its time) and themes are still relevant today.

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CurlyWhirly
Mar 13, 2018

For a silent-era film that is now 90 years old - Metropolis is certainly worth a view.

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red_cobra_341
Mar 15, 2017

I got this instead of the complete and much longer version... :(

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Maoisdead
Jan 23, 2017

An all time classic sci- fi movie by Fritz Lang. It might seem slow by today's standards but it still bears watching.

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TwilightBlue
Oct 24, 2016

Metropolis (from the silent-era) is a fantasy film about a futuristic city and its mechanized society, with an upper-class youth abandoning his life of luxury in order to join the oppressed workers in an all-out revolt.

Even though this film is on the long side - Startling set designs and impressive special effects are guaranteed to command the full attention from even the most jaded of viewers.

This 1927 film is definitely worth a view for any Sci-Fi fan. (*Be sure to watch the videos included here*)

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littlelo
Jun 01, 2012

In the year 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live underground and the wealthy, who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor, a man from the upper class abandons his privileged life to join oppressed workers in a revolt. Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, German director Fritz Lang's masterpiece has now been magnificently restored to include the original 1927 orchestral score.

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