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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every version was different for ''decades''. And the only full version surviving was apparently acquired by an Argentinian film distributor before the first cuts were made. It had originally been printed on nitrate film stock, which was both flammable and prone to deterioration. Later it was transferred onto a more stable type of stock as a safeguard; this copy passed through various hands and wound up at a film museum in Buenos Aires. However, the transfer ​process was done on such a low budget (something that has plagued much of the Argentinian film heritage) that the image quality was reduced to the level of an amateur production. The copy was found in 2008, and footage from both it and a second one archived in New Zealand were used to restore as many damaged/missing scenes as possible after extensive cleanup. The end result comes up about five minutes short of the original running time and is the most complete version to date.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every version was different for ''decades''. And the only full version surviving was apparently acquired by an Argentinian film distributor before the first cuts were made. It had originally been printed on nitrate film stock, which was both flammable and prone to deterioration. Later it was transferred onto a more stable type of stock as a safeguard; this copy passed through various hands and wound up at a film museum in Buenos Aires. However, the transfer ​process was done on such a low budget (something that has plagued much of the Argentinian film heritage) that the image quality was reduced to the level of an amateur production. The copy was found in 2008, and footage from both it and a second one archived in New Zealand were was used to restore as many damaged/missing scenes as possible after extensive cleanup. The end result comes up about five minutes short of the original running time and is the most complete version to date.


* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every version was different for ''decades''. And the only full version surviving was apparently acquired by an Argentinian film distributor before the first cuts were made. It had originally been printed on nitrate film stock, which was both flammable and prone to deterioration. Later it was transferred onto a more stable type of stock as a safeguard; this copy passed through various hands and wound up at a film museum in Buenos Aires. However, the transfer ​process was done on such a low budget (something that has plagued much of the Argentinian film heritage) that the image quality was reduced to the level of an amateur production. The copy was found in 2008, and footage from both it and a second one archived in New Zealand were used to restore as much of the damaged footage as possible after extensive cleanup. The end result comes up about five minutes short of the original running time and is the most complete version to date.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every version was different for ''decades''. And the only full version surviving was apparently acquired by an Argentinian film distributor before the first cuts were made. It had originally been printed on nitrate film stock, which was both flammable and prone to deterioration. Later it was transferred onto a more stable type of stock as a safeguard; this copy passed through various hands and wound up at a film museum in Buenos Aires. However, the transfer ​process was done on such a low budget (something that has plagued much of the Argentinian film heritage) that the image quality was reduced to the level of an amateur production. The copy was found in 2008, and footage from both it and a second one archived in New Zealand were used to restore as much of the damaged footage many damaged/missing scenes as possible after extensive cleanup. The end result comes up about five minutes short of the original running time and is the most complete version to date.


* ActingForTwo: Brigette Helm plays both Maria and her robotic duplicate.

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* ActingForTwo: Brigette Brigitte Helm plays both Maria and her robotic duplicate.[[note]]Both with and without its disguise.[[/note]]



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every version was different for ''decades''. And the only full version surviving was apparently acquired by an Argentinian film distributor before the first cuts were made. It had originally been printed on nitrate film stock, which was both flammable and prone to deterioration. Later it was transferred onto a more stable type of stock as a safeguard; this copy passed through various hands and wound up at a film museum in Buenos Aires. However, the transfer ​process was done on such a low budget (something that has plagued much of the Argentinian film heritage) that the image quality was reduced to the level of an amateur production. The copy was found in 2008, and footage from both it and a second one archived in New Zealand were used to restore as much of the damaged footage as possible after extensive cleanup. The end result runs about five minutes short of the original running time and is the most complete version to date.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every version was different for ''decades''. And the only full version surviving was apparently acquired by an Argentinian film distributor before the first cuts were made. It had originally been printed on nitrate film stock, which was both flammable and prone to deterioration. Later it was transferred onto a more stable type of stock as a safeguard; this copy passed through various hands and wound up at a film museum in Buenos Aires. However, the transfer ​process was done on such a low budget (something that has plagued much of the Argentinian film heritage) that the image quality was reduced to the level of an amateur production. The copy was found in 2008, and footage from both it and a second one archived in New Zealand were used to restore as much of the damaged footage as possible after extensive cleanup. The end result runs comes up about five minutes short of the original running time and is the most complete version to date.


* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every version was different for ''decades''. And the only full version surviving was apparently acquired by a collector before the first cuts were made, then wound up in an Argentinian archive in the 1950s. Being a dangerous nitrate print, it was later required by Argentinian law to be copied and the original be destroyed. This was done on such a low budget (something that has plagued much of the Argentinian film heritage) that the image quality was reduced to the level of an amateur production. This copy was found in 2010, and nearly all of the damaged sections were restored (as much as was virtually possible) to give the most complete version to date.
* MissingEpisode: Missing ''a third of the entire movie'' for many years. Even with the rediscovered version, there are still two missing scenes[[labelnote:]] ("missing" in a technical sense; they ''were'' found with the rest of the excised shots, but were deemed too degraded to restore)[[/labelnote]], one of which is heavily plot-relevant. To make matters even worse, there have been rumors that there are even ''more'' missing scenes that were cut from the film before its German premiere to help shorten the time of the film. It's possible that Lang didn't destroy these scenes and there may be even more unseen footage for this film.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every version was different for ''decades''. And the only full version surviving was apparently acquired by a collector an Argentinian film distributor before the first cuts were made, then made. It had originally been printed on nitrate film stock, which was both flammable and prone to deterioration. Later it was transferred onto a more stable type of stock as a safeguard; this copy passed through various hands and wound up at a film museum in an Argentinian archive in Buenos Aires. However, the 1950s. Being a dangerous nitrate print, it was later required by Argentinian law to be copied and the original be destroyed. This transfer ​process was done on such a low budget (something that has plagued much of the Argentinian film heritage) that the image quality was reduced to the level of an amateur production. This The copy was found in 2010, 2008, and nearly all footage from both it and a second one archived in New Zealand were used to restore as much of the damaged sections were restored (as much footage as was virtually possible) to give possible after extensive cleanup. The end result runs about five minutes short of the original running time and is the most complete version to date.
* MissingEpisode: Missing ''a third ''over a quarter of the entire movie'' for many years. Even with the rediscovered version, there are still two missing scenes[[labelnote:]] ("missing" in a technical sense; they ''were'' found with the rest of the excised shots, but were deemed too degraded to restore)[[/labelnote]], one of which is heavily plot-relevant. To make matters even worse, there have been rumors that there are even ''more'' missing scenes that were cut from the film before its German premiere to help shorten the time of the film.running time. It's possible that Lang didn't destroy these scenes and there may be even more unseen footage for this film.


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!! Miscellaneous Trivia


* ''Metropolis'' is in the city known as the RogerEbertGreatMoviesList.

!!Trivia for Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}''
* OldShame: The reason a film adaptation was never attempted in Tezuka's lifetime was that he came to dislike the original manga as being too crude and amateurish.

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* ''Metropolis'' is in the city known as the RogerEbertGreatMoviesList.

!!Trivia for Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}''
* OldShame: The reason a film adaptation was never attempted in Tezuka's lifetime was that he came to dislike the original manga as being too crude and amateurish.
RogerEbertGreatMoviesList.


* TheCameo: Several famous actors of the era appeared in brief walk-on roles. These include [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olaf_Storm Olaf Storm]] as Jan, (who [[MaleGaze enthusiastically]] watches the ''Whore of Babylon''-dance, before getting stabbed to death during a duel in the Eternal Gardens,) and Creator/MaryAstor (as the nurse tending to Freder.)


* CreatorBacklash: Creator/FritzLang in later interviews repeatedly stated that he did not consider this film to be one of his best works (he consider ''Film/{{M}}'' his best film). His reasons stem from his dissatisfaction with the story, its weak ending, his bad memories from his failed marriage to Thea von Harbou (who was the main visionary of the film) and the fact that [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame the Nazis liked it:]]

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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/FritzLang in later interviews repeatedly stated that he did not consider this film to be one of his best works (he consider considered ''Film/{{M}}'' his best film). His reasons stem from his dissatisfaction with the story, its weak ending, his bad memories from his failed marriage to Thea von Harbou (who was the main visionary of the film) and the fact that [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame the Nazis liked it:]]


* CreatorBacklash: Creator/FritzLang in later interviews repeatedly stated that he did not consider this film to be one of his best works (he consider ''Film/{{M}}'' his best film). His reasons stem from his dissatisfaction with the story, its weak ending, his bad memories from his failed marriage to Thea von Harbou (who was the main visionary of the film) and the fact that the Nazis liked it:

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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/FritzLang in later interviews repeatedly stated that he did not consider this film to be one of his best works (he consider ''Film/{{M}}'' his best film). His reasons stem from his dissatisfaction with the story, its weak ending, his bad memories from his failed marriage to Thea von Harbou (who was the main visionary of the film) and the fact that [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame the Nazis liked it:it:]]


* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every version was different for ''decades''. And the only full version surviving was apparently acquired by a collector before the first cuts were made, then wound up in an archive. It was found in 2010, and nearly all of the damaged sections were restored to give the most complete version to date.
* MissingEpisode: Missing ''a third of the entire movie'' for many years. Even with the rediscovered version, there are still two missing scenes[[labelnote:]] ("missing" in a technical sense; they ''were'' found with the rest of the excised shots, but were deemed too degraded to restore)[[/labelnote]], one of which is heavily plot-relevant. To make matters even worse, there have been rumors that there are even ''more'' missing scenes that were cut from the film before its German premiere to help shorten the time of the film. It's possible that Lang didn't destroy these scenes and there may be even more unseen footage for this film.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every version was different for ''decades''. And the only full version surviving was apparently acquired by a collector before the first cuts were made, then wound up in an archive. It Argentinian archive in the 1950s. Being a dangerous nitrate print, it was later required by Argentinian law to be copied and the original be destroyed. This was done on such a low budget (something that has plagued much of the Argentinian film heritage) that the image quality was reduced to the level of an amateur production. This copy was found in 2010, and nearly all of the damaged sections were restored (as much as was virtually possible) to give the most complete version to date.
* MissingEpisode: Missing ''a third of the entire movie'' for many years. Even with the rediscovered version, there are still two missing scenes[[labelnote:]] ("missing" in a technical sense; they ''were'' found with the rest of the excised shots, but were deemed too degraded to restore)[[/labelnote]], one of which is heavily plot-relevant. To make matters even worse, there have been rumors that there are even ''more'' missing scenes that were cut from the film before its German premiere to help shorten the time of the film. It's possible that Lang didn't destroy these scenes and there may be even more unseen footage for this film.

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* TheCameo: Several famous actors of the era appeared in brief walk-on roles. These include [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olaf_Storm Olaf Storm]] as Jan, (who [[MaleGaze enthusiastically]] watches the ''Whore of Babylon''-dance, before getting stabbed to death during a duel in the Eternal Gardens,) and Creator/MaryAstor (as the nurse tending to Freder.)


* RealitySubtext: Maybe. Fritz Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou, was originally married to actor Rudolf Klein-Rogge, but she had an affair with Lang and ultimately divorced Rogge. In the movie and in the original book, the woman Hel was married to Rotwang (played by Rogge) but eventually had an affair and married Joh Fredersen. As Harbou wrote the original screenplay and story, it's possible she wrote it as a parallel to her own life situation, so [[RealLifeWritesThePlot a lot gets made of this coincidence]]. But on the other hand, Lang and Rogge remained good friends and worked together until Lang left Germany, while Rogge also continued to work with Harbou on several other movies.[[note]]Biographers agree that Lang and Harbou had an "open relationship" (as per the experimental climate of TheTwenties, cf ''Jules et Jim'' by Lang admirer Creator/FrancoisTruffaut) and Lang himself had a few girlfriends[[/note]]

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* RealitySubtext: Maybe. Fritz Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou, was originally married to actor Rudolf Klein-Rogge, but she had an affair with Lang and ultimately divorced Rogge. In the movie and in the original book, the woman Hel was married to Rotwang (played by Rogge) but eventually had an affair and married Joh Fredersen. As Harbou wrote the original screenplay and story, it's possible she wrote it as a parallel to her own life situation, so [[RealLifeWritesThePlot a lot gets made of this coincidence]]. But on the other hand, Lang and Rogge remained good friends and worked together until Lang left Germany, while Rogge also continued to work with Harbou on several other movies.[[note]]Biographers agree that Lang and Harbou had an "open relationship" (as per the experimental climate of TheTwenties, TheRoaringTwenties, cf ''Jules et Jim'' by Lang admirer Creator/FrancoisTruffaut) and Lang himself had a few girlfriends[[/note]]


* ViralMarketing: a very early example before television even existed. During March 1928, a pre-publicity stunt in Melbourne, Australia went as follows: Frederick Ward, the director of marketing for the film, placed a number of newspaper teaser advertisements in the form of editorials, asking questions of mothers, workers, clergy, business men and others about the dangers of technological advancement and becoming too dependent on machines, but without mentioning Fritz Lang's film. These editorials got people talking.

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* ViralMarketing: a A very early example before television even existed. During March 1928, a pre-publicity stunt in Melbourne, Australia went as follows: Frederick Ward, the director of marketing for the film, placed a number of newspaper teaser advertisements in the form of editorials, asking questions of mothers, workers, clergy, business men and others about the dangers of technological advancement and becoming too dependent on machines, but without mentioning Fritz Lang's film. These editorials got people talking.


* BannedInChina: Soviet filmmakers and critics were very eager to see this film (Creator/SergeiEisenstein even visited Fritz Lang on the set), but it was not considered acceptable by the Soviet government. Ironically, the original camera negatives were stolen by the [[RedsWithRockets Red Army]] and later given back to East Germany to form the basis of the first effort to restore the film.

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* BannedInChina: Soviet filmmakers and critics were very eager to see this film (Creator/SergeiEisenstein even visited Fritz Lang on the set), but it was not considered acceptable by the Soviet government.government, mostly for being sort of anti-leftist (as even Eisenstein admitted[[note]]He actually planned a project called "The Glass House" that he saw as a left-wing take on the same film's themes[[/note]]) with the good Maria being a preacher (taboo because religion is opium) and the Maria that leads the mob to a revolt is a puppet saboteur by the ruling classes. Ironically, the original camera negatives were stolen by the [[RedsWithRockets Red Army]] and later given back to East Germany to form the basis of the first effort to restore the film.



* CreatorBacklash: Creator/FritzLang in later interviews repeatedly stated that he did not consider this film to be one of his best works. His reasons stem from his dissatisfaction with the story, its weak ending, his bad memories from his failed marriage to Thea von Harbou (who was the main visionary of the film) and the fact that the Nazis liked it:

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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/FritzLang in later interviews repeatedly stated that he did not consider this film to be one of his best works.works (he consider ''Film/{{M}}'' his best film). His reasons stem from his dissatisfaction with the story, its weak ending, his bad memories from his failed marriage to Thea von Harbou (who was the main visionary of the film) and the fact that the Nazis liked it:

Added DiffLines:

* BannedInChina: Soviet filmmakers and critics were very eager to see this film (Creator/SergeiEisenstein even visited Fritz Lang on the set), but it was not considered acceptable by the Soviet government. Ironically, the original camera negatives were stolen by the [[RedsWithRockets Red Army]] and later given back to East Germany to form the basis of the first effort to restore the film.

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