Photo by Universum
In January 10 1927, was released one classic german movie of all time, ‘Metropolis’. The movie is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city’s ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city.
Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich
Director: Fritz Lang
To celebrate the 90th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Film included more than 37,000 extras including 25,000 men, 11,000 women, 1,100 bald men, 750 children, 100 dark-skinned people and 25 Asians. 310 shooting days were required.
- Much to Fritz Lang’s dismay, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels were big fans of the film. Goebbels met with Lang and told him that he could be made an honorary Aryan despite his Jewish background. Goebbels told him “Mr Lang, we decide who is Jewish and who is not”. Lang left for Paris that very night.
- Unemployment and inflation were so bad in Germany at the time that the producers had no trouble finding 500 malnourished children to film the flooding sequences.
The film takes place in 2026.
- Was so influential on Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster that they named their character’s city after it.
- Brigitte Helm’s robot costume was extremely uncomfortable to wear. Helm suffered greatly underneath it as it cut and bruised her though Fritz Lang insisted that she had to wear it.
- The multiple-exposed sequences were not created in a lab but right during the filming on the set. The film was rewound in the camera and then exposed again right away. This was done up to 30 times.
The robot of this film inspired the look for C-3PO in Guerra nas Estrelas (1977).
- A set of 78 records containing the music with a spoken introduction by Fritz Lang was issued although only one is known to survive.
Being one of the most expensive movies of the time, costing around 5,000,000 marks, this film nearly sent UFA (Universum Film) into bankruptcy.
- One of the major changes that Giorgio Moroder made in his 1984 version of the film was to change the inter-titles to subtitles to accelerate the pacing.