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Imagination, Innovation, Spectacle

Metropolis

Fritz Lang’s visually stunning sci-fi is a must-see on the big screen.

Image from Metropolis

Germany 1927
Dir Fritz Lang
With Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
149min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate PG
With Gottfried Huppertz score (Tue 14 May)*

HG Wells called it ‘the silliest film,’ but Lang’s sci-fi epic is still astonishing: a dystopian vision of a grotesquely unequal society which threatens to implode – and a thrilling celebration of technology that also recognises its enslaving power. A visual marvel, this gargantuan attempt to outdo Hollywood was a financial disaster for Germany’s UFA studios, but its images now have iconic status.

*With live piano accompaniment by Costas Fotopoulos on Monday 6 May 14:50.

Also available on BFI Player.



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