“Metropolis” is a silent science-fiction film released in 1927, directed by Fritz Lang and produced by UFA. The film stars Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, and Rudolf Klein-Rogge.
The story takes place in a dystopian future where the wealthy live in luxurious skyscrapers while the working-class toil away in underground factories. The city’s ruler, Joh Fredersen (played by Alfred Abel), seeks to maintain his power by exploiting the workers and suppressing any dissent.
When Joh’s son, Freder (played by Gustav Fröhlich), falls in love with a working-class woman named Maria (played by Brigitte Helm), he becomes aware of the harsh conditions that the workers face. He joins forces with Maria and a mad scientist named Rotwang (played by Rudolf Klein-Rogge) to overthrow his father’s regime and bring about a more equitable society.
The film features groundbreaking special effects and intricate set designs that create a vivid and immersive world. It explores themes of class struggle, social inequality, and the dangers of unchecked technological progress.
“Metropolis” was initially a critical and commercial failure, but it has since become a landmark in the history of cinema and an enduring influence on science-fiction storytelling.
Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang
Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich