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Aro Favourite Metropolis


Germany 1926, 120 / 150 minutes, B/W
Dir. Fritz Lang
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Classics, Science Fiction / Futurism, Silent Cinema

Topics: Landmark, Educational Resource.


Aroview: Fritz Lang's masterpiece is a magnificent marriage of pure cinema innovation and startlingly ambitious set design.

Set around the year 2000, a mammoth city is ruled by a super-efficient industrialist, who kidnaps the 'saintly' representative of the workers and has her replaced with a robot replica. But the plan backfires when the evil mecha-human incites the massed workers to revolt. Taking sixteen months to film with a cast of 37,383 and an uber-budget of $2 million, the film was a mammoth undertaking and astounding achievement even by today's standards.

Newly Reconstructed & Restored version (from a print discovered in 2008) includes an additional 25 minutes of footage (150 min). Older restoration version (139 min) also available on VHS.

NZ International Film Festival 2003
Adopt-a-Movie Kindly Adopted by Emily Innes

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DVD Features

Includes the original Gottfried Huppertz score.

  • audio commentary
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • aspect ratio: 4:3 (original academy)
  • 2-disc set

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