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Metropolis Review

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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Does what many great films do, creating a time, place and characters so striking that they become part of our arsenal of images for imagining the world.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Trashy and glorious, the restored Metropolis is a pop epic for the ages.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Legendary silent sci-fi masterpiece has semi-nudity, riots.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Metropolis is a classic of silent cinema, with some of the most striking and memorable science fiction images in movie history. It contains fighting and some frightening images, plus rioting, angry mobs, and destruction, but nothing comparable to today's movie violence. There are some sexual images, including a scene of a nearly topless woman dancing, and men leering and panting at her. Some women wear see-through clothing. There's one use of "damn" and minor characters are seen smoking.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How do the one-on-one violent scenes differ from the group violence shots? How does the violence in this movie compare with modern movie violence?
  • What is the role of sex in this movie? What are the messages the movie is trying to communicate about the power of sex and sexuality? How does the movie handle romance and love?
  • How does the movie's message -- about a "mediator" between the "head" and "hands" -- apply to current events?

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    Messages: In this era of huge corporate profits and Wall Street protests, the movie's themes related to class and labor still seem relevant. Rather than placing blame, its idea is that the "head" (the corporations and managers) and the "body" (the workers) need a "heart" or a mediator to get them together and help them to understand one another.

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    Role models: Freder is a wealthy playboy, who, when he discovers the drudgery and danger of the workers' conditions, risks his life and livelihood to help do something about it, although he is partly motivated by a beautiful woman. Maria, too, inspires and motivates the workers with her secret underground meetings; she promotes a non-violent revolution.

What to watch for
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    Violence: There are some fistfights, chases, and escapes as well as some frightening imagery. There are angry mobs rioting. A woman is chased through eerie catacombs, and there are nightmare sequences with creepy moving statues, skeletons, and skulls. Workers are injured and hauled away on stretchers, and a flood threatens to wipe out the city. A character is nearly burned at the stake.

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    Sex: In one scene, women are gathered and chosen as amusement for the sons of the wealthy, and some of them wear see-through clothing. The hero is seen beginning to seduce one of these women. The robot double of Maria dances for men in a nightclub; she's almost topless except for pasties covering her breasts. The men pant and leer while they watch, as if she's driving them into a sexual frenzy. There's a brief drawing of a topless woman in a book. The hero and heroine kiss twice.

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    Language: The title cards include one use of "damn."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some minor characters smoke cigarettes in a background way. One character has a glass of liquor on his desk, but doesn't drink.