Metropolis 1927 (restored)
Summary: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class
and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love
with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to
mediate their differences.
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Actors: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich
Production Company: Universum Film (UFA)
Release Date: 13 March 1927 (USA)
Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian
society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those
is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of
children, she and the children quickly disappear. Trying to follow her,
he is horrified to find an underground world of workers who apparently
run the machinery that keeps the Utopian world above ground functioning.
One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is
Freder's father, John Fredersen, who is the founder and master of
Metropolis. Freder learns that the woman is called Maria, who espouses
the need to join the "hands" - the workers - to the "head" - those in
power above - by a mediator who will act as the "heart". Freder wants to
help the plight of the workers in their struggle for a better life. But
when John learns of what Maria is advocating and that Freder has joined
their cause, with the assistance of an old colleague. a mysterious inventor they plan their doom.