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Metropolis

This classic sci-fi epic, one of the biggest film events of the century when it was first released in 1927, tells the story of Metropolis, a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners. Joh Fredersen, a powerful industrialist, rules Metropolis. Maria, a worker’s daughter who prophecies a better future for the proletariat, meets Freder, Fredersen’s son. As he searches for Maria, he begins to realize that the luxury he lives with is based on the exploitation of the proletariat. Meanwhile, Joh, who knows of Maria’s influence, commissions a robot to be built in her likeness and sends it in to stir up the workers. Riots and violence ensue, but ultimately, the story ends with the very reconciliation that Maria foretells. Directed by Fritz Lang.

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