Metropolis 1928 Movie Poster

A magnificient, iconoclastic gilded future--blanding classical mythology with a fururistic cityscape--is used to promote Fritz Lang's undisputed science fiction classic. The story takes place in 2026, The world is a cold, mechanical, industrial one. The city of Metropolis is a crowded one where people are either of the privileged elite, or of the repressed, impoverished masses. Vast numbers of the lower class live underground to run the machines that keep the above ground Metropolis in working order. The workers run the machines, but the machines run the lives of the workers. The monotonous droves of workers are truly a, 'mass of men leading lives of quiet desperation,' Lang portrays this with a montage of cattle-like herds of people, grinding machinery, and clocks.

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