starring Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
screenplay by Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou, based on her novel
directed by Fritz Lang
by Travis Mackenzie Hoover Now it can be told: Despite its status as a cinema landmark, I've never been particularly enamoured with Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Like its immediate descendant Blade Runner, it's a film better designed than directed and better staged than thought through--a gorgeous white elephant that's all dressed up with no place to go. Granted, that design and staging are hugely influential, making it essential viewing for students of the cinema, and on a level of simple eye candy it has few peers in all of cinema. But while the current restoration shows us a fuller and more substantial narrative, that doesn't mean that it is, in fact, full or substantial, and Lang's rigid camera set-ups lack the fluidity and lightness to truly make the film more than a notable museum piece.