Director : Fritz Lang
Year Of Release : 1927
Principal Cast : Gustav Frohlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Heinrich George, Fritz Rasp, Theodore Loos.
Approx Running Time : 150 Minutes (Reconstructed Version)
Synopsis: 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 saviour to mediate their differences.
Perhaps apropos, Metropolis, the film about mechanization and the dehumanization of mankind, has been the benefactor of technology allowing us to view this film in its near-entirety, fully restored. For generations, much of Metropolis was considered lost, following removal of key sequences over the years since its release, before a discovery in South America in 2008 led to one of the most comprehensive restoration efforts ever undertaken on a film. A badly damaged but complete version of the film, dubbed into Spanish, was located; restored now to its original German version, and featuring some sublime image processing and restoration, Metropolis has never looked or sounded this good. With a fully re-recorded orchestral treatment of Gottfreid Huppertz’ original score, and a brand new high-definition master (now available on BluRay), revisiting this masterpiece for the first time since my teenage years was a revelation in how good silent cinema could be.