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Big screen classics

Metropolis

Fritz Lang’s stunning sci-fi epic about the conflict between capital and labour is still a treat on the big screen.

Image from Metropolis

Germany 1927
Dir Fritz Lang
With Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm
150min
Digital
Certificate PG
With recorded Gottfried Huppertz score

Set in 2026 (!), Lang’s allegorical sci-fi epic about the conflict between capital and labour is memorable primarily for its visualisation of the futuristic city of the title, a dystopian society dependent on industrialised slavery. The towering skyscrapers on view have been much imitated; likewise the workers’ subterranean catacombs. This is the long version of the film, restored after it was discovered in 2008.

Also available on BFI Player.

The screening on Tuesday 27 June 17:55 will be introduced by Professor Erica Carter, King’s College London.

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