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Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, Metropolis had for 75 years been seen only in shortened or truncated versions. Now, restored in Germany with state-of-the-art digital technology, under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation, and with the original 1927 orchestral score by Gottfried Huppertz added, Metropolis can be appreciated in its full glory. It is, as A. O. Scott of The New York Times declared, "A fever dream of the future. At last we have the movie every would-be cinematic visionary has been trying to make since 1927."��Metropolis takes place in 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live in the dark underground and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century, many of which presage such sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of the German silent cinema.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Classics : Made available through hoopla, 1927.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 124 min.)) : sd., col.


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Mar 13, 2018

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

Mar 15, 2017

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

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.

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*)

Oct 19, 2016

With Metropolis (1927) being from the "silent-era" of film, I was initially quite sceptical about watching it, certain that I wouldn't enjoy it half as much as I did.

Regardless of how idiotic silent-screen actors can carry on sometimes, with their goofy, over-the-top histrionics, it was Metropolis' startling sets, its amazing mob scenes, and, especially, its fantastic robot (yes, it was female and like one you've never seen before) that all but made up for this somewhat annoying aspect of the film.

Impressively directed by German film-maker, Fritz Lang, Metropolis (now 87 years old) is a visionary masterpiece that depicts a futuristic society dominated by a soulless feudal system.

In this cold world of Metropolis, the wealthy technocrats live in sumptuous luxury, housed inside towering palaces. While at the foot of these gleaming structures the "slave-labour class" toils away, thanklessly and endlessly.

Yes. Metropolis is heavy going at times, but one certainly can't argue with its awesome special effects (for its time) and the elaborate set designs that command attention throughout.... (*Watch trailer video-clip*)

Oct 09, 2016

In 10 years time (2026) the silent-era, Sci-Fi, classic, Metropolis will be 100 years old - And by sheer coincidence the year 2026 is also the same date in which this film's story is set.

If nothing else - I think that it's interesting to see (through the eyes of the film Metropolis) how (100 years into the future) man's world was perceived to be.

Over the last 15 years - I have watched this picture 3 times - And I do have to agree with others, that without its incredible set designs and the presence of one of the most fantastic robots imaginable, Metropolis would, pretty much, be a very ordinary and, yes, humdrum production.

But, with that said - From a purely historical point of view - I do recommend this film to one, and all.

(*Be sure to watch "robot" video-clip*)

Jun 19, 2015

I had hoped that this was the restored full-length version, but disappointingly it was the old print with some new music and color. Enjoyable, nonetheless.

Jun 14, 2014

Alright, granted the sets and visuals are excellent and the film is full of social commentary. But the movie needs massive editing. Pare off at least a third of the excruciatingly long-drawn-out boring scenes and you would have a tight dramatic piece. Incidentally, why couldn't the restorers change the film to subtitles instead of keeping the silly and time consuming silent-film format of pausing every few moments to display dialogue?

Jun 03, 2014

i could not say anything Libraryman1_0 hasn't already said! I completely agree!

May 16, 2014

Fantastic in it's fantasy element and some of the most wonderous sets for it's time, Metropolis (1927) is certainly deserving of it's place as a Science Fiction cinema classic! The story of the two social classes, the upper ground, the rich aristocratic governmental system, and the lower the dwelling of the workers who's menial labor help keep the city itself running. Very striking in how it depicts a society in the future and visually spectacular. Director Fritz Lang is very forward and direct with the material he presents.

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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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