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Sunday Cinema: Metropolis (1929, Restored Version)

Few know that the classic science fiction film Metropolis was based on a book by Thea Von Harbou. Many, in fact (me included) have never seen the film.

Now is your chance. Here is the restored version of Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 film.

But first, the synopsis:

Metropolis takes place in the year 2026, when the populace is divided between workers, who must live in the dark underground, and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century, many of which presage such sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets, heart-pounding action and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of classic science fiction cinema.

Enjoy the show!

[via OldFutures]

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

3 Comments on Sunday Cinema: Metropolis (1929, Restored Version)

  1. wow, you _are_ good! i’ve seen the old version -i’ve had the dvd for years- but not the restored one. it never occurred to me to look online. thx! πŸ™‚

  2. This is one of the few SF films that matches the best of the literature in terms of thoughtfulness, and the restoration is beautiful. I know some people don’t like the pace of silent films, and we’re trained to respond to relentless action and stimulation in our movies, but this is a true masterpiece that ought to be given a chance by SF lovers… Von Harbou was director Fritz Lang’s wife, and the screenwriter for the film. I believe they devised the story for the film, and she wrote the novel along with (or after) the screenplay. Von Harbou stayed behind and worked with the Nazis after Lang fled the country when they began to use the German film industry to produce Nazi propoganda…

  3. This is also the origin of every city we’ve ever seen in an SF movie.

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