Film - Feature | December 7 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Langs futuristic superproduction is an anxiety dream of urban dystopia expressed as science fiction. Set in the year 2026, Metropolis envisions a repressive techno-oligarchy in which soaring Art Deco towers and overhead freeways mock an underclass of techno slaves ruled by a supertrustee (Alfred Abel), who lives with his collaborators in the paradisiacal nightclub of Yoshiwara. Lang even posits a virtual woman, an evil doppelgänger cloned from the peoples hero and spokeswoman Maria (Brigitte Helm), as another principal force in this exquisite ballet of machines and men.
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