Join me for Fritz Lang's pioneering Protected content science-fiction classic, Metropolis. Lang and his wife, Thea von Harbou, wrote the script and it is regarded as a highly influenial, frontrunner of the science-fiction genre, inspiring the likes of Blade Runner, The Fifth Element and Batman's Gotham City.
Made in Germany during the Weimar Period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city's ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the huge gulf separating the classes of their city.
Metropolis employed vast sets, 25,000 extras and astonishing special effects to create two worlds: the great city of Metropolis, with its stadiums, skyscrapers and expressways in the sky, and the subterranean workers’ city. Lang's film is the pinnacle of German Expressionism, with atmospheric lighting, asymmetrical camera angles and the use of high contrast between light and dark to highlight many objects and characters.
With live piano accompaniment from Daniele Furlati.