Skyscrapers rising like mountains, seas of buildings, factories full of machines, catacombs, the Tower of Babel, a cathedral, and heavenly gardens. In Fritz Lang’s film METROPOLIS (D, 1927) architecture exposes power structures and hierarchies, the difference between freedom and oppression, might and powerlessness. This production is early science fiction and a masterpiece of film architecture.
A young woman, a savior figure, confronts her machine image, a robot. Evil battles Good, and Good prevails. In her script, Thea von Harbou wrote: “The mediator between the hands and the brain must be the heart.” Fritz Lang’s film blends the documentary and the visionary, utopia and apocalypse.

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