Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Fritz Lang (Screenplay), Fritz Lang (Director), Thea von Harbou (Screenplay)
Release: Jan. 10th, 1927
Runtime: 2 hours, 33 minutes
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
I feel I understood the plot well enough, but I just didn't understand the story's theme, or what message it was trying to say, or what point it was trying to make. Does anyone know?...
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The final third of the film turns into something resembling a disaster flick when the bottom levels flood and all the workers' children have to be saved by Freder, Maria and Josaphat (Theodor Loos), a man in the employ of Joh who is also Freder's good friend.
The nature of its allegories and metaphors don't exactly come across as subtle, especially considering how one of the title cards spells out the film's message before the film proper even begins, but there's still a solid dystopian narrative that manages to make quite a lot out of its examination of class warfare and opportunism.