Metropolis (short synopsis)

Sometime in the future. Johann Fredersen is mastermind of Metropolis, a gigantic high-tech city, under whose surface masses of workers lead an archaic slave existence. His son, Freder, is witness to the inhumane working conditions and rebels against his despotic father, discovering a spiritual community in the catacombs of the city: Maria, a young woman, preaches the virtues of love and reconciliation. But Fredersen discovers Maria as well and conjures up a sinister plan. He commissions the scientist Rotwang to develop a robot form of Maria, which he will use to gain influence over the workers. The plan works, but Freder and Maria are able to hinder the catastrophe in the last minute. The mass hysteria turns and directs its rage toward the robot Maria, who is burned at the stake. Freder and Maria form a new brotherly community among the classes - Fredersen offers his hand in reconciliation, true to the motto of the film: "the mediator between the hand and the brain must be the heart".

Source: German Films


METROPOLIS (Germany 1927)
Director: Fritz Lang
Screenplay: Thea von Harbou; Fritz Lang (uncredited)
Director of photography: Günther Rittau; Karl Freund
2nd camera unit: Günther Rittau
Optical effects: Eugen Schüfftan (Schüfftan mode); Ernst Kunstmann
Special effects camera: Helmar Lerski (Schüfftan photography); Konstantin Tschet (model shots), Erich Kettelhut (trick photography / technical consultant)
Set design: Otto Hunte; Erich Kettelhut; Karl Vollbrecht

Props: Walter Schulze-Mittendorff


Costumes: Änne Willkomm
Editing: Fritz Lang
Music: Gottfried Huppertz
Cast: Brigitte Helm (Maria / robot), Alfred Abel (Johann "Joh" Fredersen), Gustav Fröhlich (Freder Fredersen), Rudolf Klein-Rogge (inventor Rotwang), Fritz Rasp (The Thin Man), Theodor Loos (Josaphat / Joseph), Erwin Biswanger (Nr. 11811), Heinrich George (Groth, the guardian of the Heart Machine), Olaf Storm (Jan), Hanns Leo Reich (Marinus), Heinrich Gotho (Master of Ceremonies), Margarete Lanner (Lady in car / Woman of Eternal Gardens); Max Dietze, Georg John, Walter Kurt Kühle, Arthur Reinhardt und Erwin Vater (all working men); Grete Berger, Olly Boeheim, Ellen Frey, Lisa Gray, Rosa Liechtenstein und  Helene Weigel (all working women); Beatrice Garga, Annie Hintze, Margarete Lanner, Helen von Münchhofen und Hilde Woitscheff (all women of Eternal Gardens), Fritz Alberti (Creative human), Ilse Davidsohn


Production company: Universum-Film AG (UFA) (Berlin)
Producer: Erich Pommer
Shoot: 22.05.1925-30.10.1926: Filmwerke Staaken, Ufa-Studio Neubabelsberg
Original distributor: UFA-Filmverleih GmbH (Berlin)
awarded with Prädikat: Künstlerisch; Volksbildend (November 1926)
Length: 9 acts, 4189 m (length of the original version)
Format: 35mm, 1:1,33
Picture/Sound: s/w
Rating/censorship: 13.11.1926, Nr. B.14171, ban for young people
World premiere: 10.01.1927, Berlin, Ufa-Palast am Zoo