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Metropolis

5

Bigger, longer and (almost) uncut. Resplicing every scrap of available footage, this lovingly restored edition of Fritz Lang's audacious sci-fi epic is the most complete version seen since its 1927 première.

Back then, it nearly bankrupted German cinema, and even today, it's not hard to see why, with Lang's visionary stylistics conjuring a extraordinary industrial upstairs-downstairs in which the ruling classes live in celestial opulence above the city's subterranean toilers. Still a worrying dystopian future-fantasy for underworld wage-slaves everywhere, it's also an astonishing birth-womb of 20th century iconography. So incalculably influential that even if you haven't seen it, you probably have.

 

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