Metropolis

Andrew R. Cameron

After worrying that my trip abroad may not provide the sort of science-fictional entertainment that I’m accustomed to, I should’ve realised: if there’s something nerdy to be done, I will find a way to do it.

Berlin has been a whirl of tourist sights, lessons in history, cabaret clubs, and a few back alley bars. But one of the highlights was the Berlin Museum for Film and Television, where there’s an entire permanent exhibit dedicated to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927).


Metropolis is one of the most influential sci-fi films ever made, and one of my favourites. My lounge room at home features a giant poster of the film bordered with a gold Art Deco frame. Its visions of towering cityscapes and infernal machines have influenced films such as Blade Runner, Star Wars, and The Fifth Element. And it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that all subsequent sci-fi…

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