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A visually awe-inspiring science fiction classic from the silent era.



Total Count: 122
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

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Alfred Abel
as Joh Fredersen
Brigitte Helm
as Maria/The Machine Man
Heinrich George
as The Foreman
Fritz Rasp
as The Man of Black
Erwin Biswanger
as Georg, No. 11811
Grete Berger
as Female Worker
Erik Frey
as Female Worker
Lisa M. Gray
as Female Worker
Georg John
as Worker
Margarete Lanner
as Woman in Car
Rose Lichtenstein
as Female Worker
Max Dietze
as Working man
Heinrich Gotho
as Master of Ceremonies
Erwin Vater
as Working man
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All Critics (122) | Top Critics (34)

  • Often enough it is exciting in a broad, elemental way, just as an earthquake or a loud clap of thunder would be exciting; but when individual characters come on to the screen they rouse little Interest for their own sakes.

    Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Occasionally it strikes one that [Lang] wanted to include too much and then that all one anticipates does not appear. But at the same time the various ideas have been spliced together quite adroitly.

    Apr 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Each frame of this classic is drop-dead stunning.

    Apr 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • One of the last examples of the imaginative -- but often monstrous -- grandeur of the Golden Period of the German film, Metropolis is a spectacular example of Expressionist design.

    Feb 25, 2013
  • I have just had a sensational night at the movies, and the picture was only 83 years old.

    Jul 27, 2010 | Full Review…
  • A fully realized work of art whose influence on science fiction, set design and symbolism can scarcely be put into words.

    Jul 23, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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