Metropolis | Metropolis – dir. Fritz Lang, 1927

date: 02/08/2012 time: 10:00 place: PGE Cinema film program: German Expressionism artistic program: films

DE | 1927 | 153 min
reż|dir Fritz Lang prod|pro Erich Pommer scen|wr Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang zdj|ph Karl Freund, Günther Rittau, Walter Ruttmann ob|cast Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp dys|dis Transit Film GmbH


One of the most renowned silent films. It depicts a futuristic city distinctly divided into upper and lower. Workers (hands) crowded into nameless mass work underground allowing  the mighty city to thrive on their toil. On top of skyscrapers, almost in the clouds, a narrow privileged group (mind) dwell and manage the gigantic city from above. A son of one of the almighty founders of the city falls for a working class girl who prophesies arrival of a saviour and a revolution. Following her, he steps into airless underground and, astonished, learns whose efforts are at the bottom of the few rich men’s empire.  

“Metropolis” is not only a fundamental classic of expressionism but also one of the most inspiring works ever. Comic books, games, music videos, animations and plots make references to this futuristic, apocalyptic vision built on extremes. Power of the film resides in its suggestive and stunning visual language and rhythm that, even with so many years passed, allows no one to stay indifferent.