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Metropolis - 1927 | Story and Screenshots


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The exploding Heart Machine and M-Machine cause the lights of the city to extinguish, witnessed by Joh Fredersen who now sits in his darkened high-rise office. The Thin Man informs the shocked Fredersen

Thin Man: Do you know that your son is among the workers?


Fredersen: I must know! Where is my son?!!!

Thin Man: Tomorrow, thousands will ask in fury and desperation: Joh Fredersen, where is my son -!

But Fredersen refuses to listen. Josaphat and Freder join the real Maria - Freder hugs and kisses her

Freder: Yes - you! You are Maria!

And they help her lead the worker children out of danger from the waist-deep water.

Freder: To the air shafts, quickly! Quickly! The reservoirs have burst! The city is flooding!

At the upper end of the shaft, a metal fence blocks the children's path. More and more children press forward. Panic threatens. Freder and Josaphat scale the outside of the stair railing and hurl themselves against the bars. Finally Freder and Josaphat succeed in breaking down the metal gate. Freder climbs back down to get Maria and the last of the children. When they have escaped imminent danger, Freder proposes . . .

Freder: We'll take the children to the Club of the Sons!

Maria notices that all of the lights are out, due to the destruction of the machines. Soon after, Maria leads the last of the children to safety in the Club of the Sons. Grot finally gets the attention of the workers, who joyously and obliviously celebrate the machines' destruction by dancing in a large circle. He reprimands them for their senseless actions.

Grot: Where are your children??! The city lies underwater, the shafts are completely flooded!! Who told you to attack the machines, you idiots? Without them you'll all die!!

Workers: It's the witch's fault!

Grot: Find the witch, this is all her fault! Strike her dead!!

He leads them on a witch-hunt rampage to find the witch. Back at Yoshiwara's, the false Maria celebrates and dances with the tuxedoed men.

False Maria: Let's all watch as the world goes to the devil!

The party-going revelers leave Yoshiwara's to witness the massive destruction outside. And Rotwang revives in his attic, after his earlier battle with Fredersen. In front of Hel's monument . . .

Rotwang: Now I'm going to take you home, my Hel!

As Maria finishes bringing the children to safe refuge, she is spotted by Grot and the mob, who believe that she misled them and tried to drown their children.

Grot: The witch! The witch! There she is! There she is! Where are our children, you witch??! Burn the witch. To the stake with her!!!

Suspecting nothing, Maria tries to speak. But the mob roars and throws hammers at her. Maria is hit. Only at the last minute does she escape the mob's wrath. Pursued by the mob, Maria runs headlong into the revellers from Yoshiwara. Grot grabs the false Maria and orders . . .

Grot: To the stake with her!

While laughing wickedly, she is dragged and hoisted onto a large pyre of wood, tied up to a column, and burned.


In the confusion, Freder believes that his beloved real Maria is being sacrificed in the growing flames, and screams out in despair while held back by the crowd

Freder: MARIA!!!

As the flames leap upward and burn the flesh of the false Maria, her metallic robotic shape metamorphoses and dissolves into view. During the witch-burning, Rotwang confronts the real Maria nearby. The now-insane scientist, fearing the mob will seek retribution against him, also believes she is

Rotwang: Hel! My Hel!!

He chases her into the cathedral, where she hangs onto a swinging bell rope, sounding another alarm. When Freder realizes that the burning witch is the false robotic Maria, he looks up at the cathedral where he sees Rotwang pursuing the real Maria, and he rushes to come to her rescue.

As they fight on the cathedral's rooftop, watched by the workers (and his horrified father) standing below, Josaphat tells Grot . . .

Josaphat: Your children . . . saved!!!

The workers are overjoyed by the news. In a struggle on the cathedral's rooftop, Rotwang loses his balance, tumbles backwards and falls to his death. Maria is saved and vindicated. Joh Fredersen is convinced to reconcile with the workers, after having seen his son battle against the evil Rotwang, and demonstrate his strong love for Maria.


The workers march in disciplined formation to the front entrance of the cathedral, where the reformer Maria urges Freder to be the mediator between Grot (representing the workers), and his ruling father/Master Joh Fredersen. There is the promise of a new, more equal synergy between the rulers and the ruled:

Maria: Head and hands want to join together, but they don't have the heart to do it. . . Oh, mediator, show them the way to each other.


Freder joins the hand of Grot (representing Labor) and his father (representing Capital) - becoming the Mediator between the classes, united by the Heart in Love:

THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN HEAD AND HANDS MUST BE THE HEART!


THE END



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Dystopian Main

1927 to 1987

1993 to 2002

Ćon Flux

The Island

Babylon A.D.

Death Race

Elysium


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