A stylised, visually-compelling, melodramatic silent film set in the dystopic, 21st century city of Metropolis. The film is set in the Gothic skyscrapers of a corporate city-state of 2026. Society has been divided into two rigid groups: one of planners or thinkers, who live in luxury on the surface of Earth, and another of workers who live underground toiling to sustain the lives of the privileged. Digitally remastered this is Austrian director Fritz Lang’s German Expressionistic masterpiece that helped to develop the science-fiction genre using class struggle to explore the dangers inherent in capitalism and industrialisation. Screened as part of the Cornwall Film Festival BFI Sci-Fi Season.


Fritz Lang

Germany 1927