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Metropolis [DVD] [Restored Authorized Edition (2002)]

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  • METROPOLIS, a visionary and elaborate spectacle by director Fritz Lang is an epic projection of a futuristic city divided into a working and an elite class. Its exhilarating climax brings the city to its knees, as the classes clash against each other.

    In the 21st century, a de-humanized proletariat labors non-stop in a miserable subterranean city beneath a luxurious city of mile-high skyscrapers, flying automobiles, palatial architectural idylls, tubes and tunnels. With stunningly inventive special effects, Lang's allegorical narrative and architectural vision creates a highly stylized vision of a not-so-unlikely future (especially for 1926 when the film was made). As the elite frolic above the clouds, thousands of miserable workers toil night and day inside the belly of the gigantic machine that runs the entire city. Metropolis is controlled by a sinister authoritarian whose son, Freder, rejects his father's callous philosophy and attitude towards laborers. Meek though they are, the workers are encouraged by Maria, a wistful young woman who wills her comrades to embrace patience and silent strength. Upon discovering her influence upon the workers, a mad scientist kidnaps Maria and creates a robot in her image that will incite the workers to revolt. As Freder races against time to save Maria and curtail the damage done by her doppelganger robot, Metropolis is enveloped in chaos and the classes are brought together in a breathtaking and highly moralistic climax.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): K2752

  • Credits
    Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gustav Frihlich
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Hallucinatory -- A nightmare without the reassurance of a steadying story line. Few films have ever been more visually exhilarating..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...METROPOLIS has influenced both the genre and cinema itself to a degree that's difficult to overstate....[A] still-vital wellspring of creative inspiration..."
    Box Office

    "...From THE MATRIX back to BLADE RUNNER and even before, the movie has been a constant visual influence..."
    USA Today

    "...The story, told in a flow of grandly visionary visuals, is as simple as myth..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...The visuals -- and the vision -- are breathtaking..."

    "Set in a machine-run city of the future where captains of industry live in towers and exploited workers dwell underground, METROPOLIS was the most expensive European film ever made..."
    Los Angeles Times

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