Dir. Fritz Lang / Germany / 1927 / 2hrs 30mins
Fritz Lang’s 1927 futuristic masterpiece is widely considered one of the most influential silent films of all time and the first ever blockbuster of the sci-fi genre.
It is the year 2000 and the prosperous city of Metropolis is flourishing, towering high above the ground with its busy suspended streets. The city however holds a secret: the gap between the rich and poor is wide.
The rich enjoy a care free life on the top floors unaware of the poor who slave away down below, working in order to keep the above world functioning. Freder Frederson (son of the city’s founder) meets Maria – a woman who gives hope to the city of workers by prophesying change and a better life for them. When Freder’s father hears of their meeting he enlists the aid of an inventor to devise a devious plan to thwart the inevitable uprising.
Fritz Lang’s masterpiece is incredibly poignant in today’s society and is brought to life with the original sensational score by Gottfried Huppertz, performed by a chamber orchestra of Sheffield University Students.
Presented in partnership with the University of Sheffield Concert Series.