* AdaptationDisplacement:
** The title of this page used to refer to ''OsamuTezukasMetropolis''.
** Just about every sci-fi film made in the past 80 years references this movie.
** Yep, there is a book. It was written by the director's wife at the time.
* BetterOnDVD: Way better, especially now that this movie has been found ''nearly complete'' and has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray
* BrokenBase: Opinions on the Moroder version are sharply divided, to say the least.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The original reconstructed soundtrack by Gottfried Huppertz; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epuUqdkO47w "Cage of Freedom"]] from the Moroder version.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Rotwang's robot [[OneSceneWonder who only gets a couple minutes of screentime]] ''has become the film's unofficial symbol'' in pop culture. It's the only character shown on the film's most famous poster. {{Osamu Tezuka}}'s version was inspired by nothing other than that famous image. Of course, technically, the Maria Machine actually has a ton of screentime, just not in that form.
** In the new restoration, the thin man.
* FauxSymbolism: (For ''Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis''.) There's a nice bit where Tima is standing on the roof in a beam of sunlight, presumably recharging. A bird lands on her shoulder. They cut to another viewpoint, and she looks ''exactly'' like an angel.
* HoYay: Freder is a [[http://cboye.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/freder.png very physical person]]. Especially with Josaphat and 11811. [[spoiler:On the other hand, it's very firmly established that he loves Maria...]]
* {{Macekre}}: If you compare the 1928 American release to the original film -- editing by chainsaw, and Channing Pollock boasting about having rewritten the whole thing.
* MisaimedFandom: Partly. UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler said ''Metropolis'' was one of his favorite films. The writer, Thea von Harbou, was a dedicated Nazi. The director, her husband Fritz Lang, divorced her and moved to Hollywood soon after the Nazi rise to power. The movie certainly doesn't have anything supporting the Nazi ideology, unless you take extreme liberties at interpreting the {{Aesop}}. It's directed against all forms of tyranny, from ruthless capitalism to mob rule.
* {{Narm}}/{{Anvilicious}}: The ending. Even Fritz Lang admitted he didn't like it in an interview he gave several decades later. In an essay that is available in the booklet of the Masters of Cinema DVD, Jonathan Rosenbaum has this to say: "one of the lamest endings of any great film I can think of".
* NightmareFuel: Evil!Maria is a sterling example of this. Her movements, her expressions, [[UncannyValley everything about her]] scream so horribly that this is something that looks human but ''isn't''.
* SignatureScene: The robot being created, of course.
* UncannyValley: An invoked example will the robot Maria, who despite looking human moves in a twitchy, insect like way and has odd facial expressions, to convey how different she is from a person.
* VindicatedByHistory: When it was first released it was a huge flop that nearly bankrupted Ufa, the studio that produced it. Now, it's considered the forerunner to ''all'' science fiction films ever. Including (and especially) ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The whole film.
** RuleOfSymbolism, for the most part. You have crucifixion imagery, giant clock face, personified Whore of Babylon, retelling of the Tower of Babel story, animated gargoyles personifying Death and the Seven Deadly Sins, a hidden church in catacombs, an inverted pentagram, talk about "brothers and sisters", the machine as Moloch...
** The Moroder lyrics add a bunch more, with [[Creator/GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] {{shout out}}s (the edition was timed to release in [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]), references to "[[{{Ouroboros}} infinite circles of snakes eating their own tails]]" and the like.
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