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?