UFA Film Nights

Silent Film Classics with Live Musical Accompaniment

And – as extended Version – THE PHYSICIAN

Open Air in the Heart of Berlin

Metropolis

August 24
Start: 21.00, Doors open: 20:30

1925/1926

Director: Fritz Lang
Script: Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang
Camera: Karl Freund, Günther Rittau
Scene: Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, Karl Vollbrecht
Production: UFA
Producer: Erich Pommer
Actors: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp, Heinrich George, Theodor Loos
Length: 148 min

High above the megacity of a not-too-distant future, industrialist Joh Fredersen reigns while faceless masses toil deep underground. Among them the girl Maria, who one day finds her way into the "Eternal Gardens" of the Upper City. Fredersen's son Freder sees her and instantly falls in love. He follows Maria into the catacombs of Metropolis, where he sees her in her role as a workers' leader who is revered as a saint. Meanwhile, Rotwang, the inventor, is constructing a steel robot and, at Joh Fredersen’s behest, makes it look like Maria. The fake Maria stirs up the workers. They storm the machine room of Metropolis and begin to blindly destroy everything. As the workers’ city collapses, the houses of the workers and their families are flooded. A catastrophe on an apocalyptic scale threatens to ensue...

With a budget exceeding five million Reichsmarks, this movie was Ufa’s most expensive production to date, and became its biggest flop in 1927. Today the movie is touted as the “mother of all sci-fi flicks” with impressive, monumental scenery and astonishing special effects. With its mix of urban utopia, social romanticism, medieval alchemy, and trivial mysticism, it also presents a kaleidoscope of virulent ideologies of the Weimar Republic. In 2001, it became the first documentary film ever to be included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World program; ten years later, “Metropolis” again made headlines when 30 minutes of the film that had been thought lost were rediscovered.

Music: Exclusively for the UFA Film Nights, Jeff Mills (USA) will for the first time provide the score for the complete, restored 2010 version of "Metropolis"