The peaceful, idyllic life in the automated, mechanized and regimented city of the future is shattered when a mad inventor intentionally seeks to disrupt things.The peaceful, idyllic life in the automated, mechanized & regimented city of the future is shattered when a mad inventor intentionally seeks to disrupt things.A view of the future in which people either live underground or in a wonderous aboveground city ; a story of Seigfried and his quest for a wife, followed by the wife's revenge upon Siegfried's murderers ; an undercover agent seeks to bring down the head of a criminal empire ; a futuristic view of the first moon expedition.
Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, Metropolis had for 75 years been seen only in shortened or truncated versions. Now, restored in Germany with state of the art digital technology, under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation, and with the original 1927 orchestral score by Gottfried Huppertz added, Metropolis can be appreciated in its full glory. It is, as A.O. Scott of the New York Times declared, “A fever dream of the future. At last we have the movie every would be cinematic visionary has been trying to make since 1927.” Metropolis takes place in 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 sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of the authorized version of this towering classic, at a length over one third longer than any previous release, for the first time on DVD.