Metropolis • 2h 29m
Directed by Fritz Lang • 1927 • Germany
Starring Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm
Among the most visually dazzling and influential of all silent films, Fritz Lang's towering science-fiction landmark unfolds in a stunningly imagined future in which the populace is divided between workers who labor underground and the rich who live in a lavish city of splendor. When the son (Gustav Fröhlich) of the city's master falls in love with a woman (Brigitte Helm) revered as a prophet by the workers, the tension between the haves and have-nots threatens to explode. With its awe-inspiring sets, visionary Futurist art direction, and dystopian social commentary, METROPOLIS has exerted an incalculable influence on science-fiction cinema as we know it.