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Alfred Abel, Gustav Frohlich , Brigitte Helm
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Directed by: Fritz Lang
Written by: Thea von Harbou

Released: 1926
Origin: Germany
Length: 120

Tyrannical industrialist (Alfred Abel) plots to incite riots so that he can crush the workers' rebelliousness, but reckons without his son (Gustav Frohlich) who has fallen in love with one of them (Brigitte Helm).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The movie for which Fritz Lang will be longest remembered is a seminal science fiction film, despite a nonsensical narrative, static camerawork, a suspiciously fascistic message, strip-cartoon characters, and outrageous overacting. It has always attracted a mixed response, but few would deny its visual splendours. It mixes futuristic science fiction with Gothic horror, with remarkable results. Though it is not fashionable to say so, the 1984 version with a crass rock soundtrack by Giorgio Moroder cuts out most of the longueurs and is clearer - you can always turn the sound down.

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