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SOME FACTS ABOUT
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The idea of describing .a dty of about one huadred y~ars hence, with, d' • ."' all its modern achievements was ot course a very tempting ;;BJl,: 10 t~:e:re5tulg one, for everyone likes to have a. glimpse -l11tO' the Future, and. nearly c,v'f!ry'body has some id ea of t he tee h nical d eve 1opm e nts 0 f S orne kind, acco rd-ing to .his irnaginaticn 7he'n:"ef.or~I' the s.lr:illed scenario writer had to p'rovideflC)f tW··Q important things; as nee essary for the fi lm as for the novel-s-sensation and love,
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L,J.S rJ tb e s ensa t ion th at w·i]] .gri p e ve.ryOrlle is. th e m,akhlt,fl' of the artificial human being~-t:h~' "~rob ot . -Vi.i'·hich ,0J,g the soullesa creation of imperfect man, Iacks the divine feeling of love, and is therefore condemned to wrong, Opposed to this .-there is the mas t i"de~l crea tiqn-a young gi.rl o.r the;
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JM~ ople

I.' ME T.RO'PO

~ fo r whos e 5,,1e e t and tende r ~.ove th e son of th e Ma. sre r ~·f Me'trot 01]$ . is ready and willing 'to give h~s all. The whole o ,,~ Metropolis may he compared with a modern €.r of' B,ab,el where
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the dlffere'nt elements

are fighting uncle r different conditioas for their existence, or their indulgence in pleasure, So you .fil1d contrasts of all kinds t running .t1~J~ ramut of au' the emotions and pleasures, un til at bt st yon Q!\et a. splendid solution. in the problem of this modern, str nuous, wealth-seeking 'time .;i'l T'BE

lVI D LA. 'OR BETWEEN BRAIN AND nr1USCtE MUST' .BE ,"HE HEA1R'I~',.'·1 E T Muc'h . Xll8.been. writtcll. in a. Iantastic way by prominent writers the world over
'upon this same theme, Not an. these writers have succeeded in deafing adequa tely with the ete mal question. of Lc ve in the mlc st of t'he itna;g~n'·it'rve. foreshadowings, of the ultra-scientific and mechanical world of the fu'tur·e., In thes .. works, i is· not unusual for the- elemcn is. of imagined futurity to overe

shadow that of Love,
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Tile perfec _ b'le'nd of these tV\,TO elements is rare, and in ~~ l\{c't-ropolis we see that Love as it has been in the past, will hl the world of the future, still be th,~ simple power that H is to-day ..
In
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~~etI"opoli'.

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our sympathy

is compelled

alike

towards

the rich

Eric and the poor and. lowly Mary"

The word etropolis "~,:". in its'e'U symbolical of greatness, and it S only remains to say that th'e production reaches such a d.azzi-~ng standard that it win remain runsurpassed in the next few years, Therefore, 'w@ 'wHl not trouble our readers ,vith the uS1.1a] ran re of strperlatives, but remain .s,a.t.~.ttied
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by a;·_"kingthem

to go~, se,e" and be con vi reed,

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of the. Heart-Machine

l-IEINRICrI

GEO',R.'G·E

Directed Scenario Cameramen:

bj FRIT,Z LANG
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by' TI:liEA, ,rON

CAR.l~ F"'REUND"

GUN'TFIER

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one ma:Il'='J,ohn,

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I,n lhe :h'E';~:r.tof. this, ,~r-e,al ~ilY Ol:f. 'U·t,QP,j,Wl w'~D.de);"s; ;s·t~ds '~:he: new T,OWeik"' orf .B,abe'l, f.r~m wlddl .John M as,te:rm,a:o Idirects ~nd ICOiD'tf\ljh~·aU 't~e pDwe'rS! 'b,y wllti~b t'h,e gm,nt ICi't;y ~$, op;ell",atea" 'Th.'E= 'w\orrk,p'e~pll,ft ill t'bis, ~gteae,
.Mas It.erma-H., :S,D loo.g.' as t.he,. ~Ui,ep;hY's;ical~y·6t to operate his; W'QD.dier,f,ood ma~h'~.ne&~ lR 'OF'OO(l' to save ,arnd s;pa~e' ,~.nd ''V~~IUlalbl)e Jan,d" he. has b.'ui]t f'Q!f th.em ,a, \tUlb'b~~~r~R'~an ,city 'bene,a,t'h tn,e :sJu.'rf,;)}c)8 of ,~:Me;'trl():pQi;li~~ ;:, Here t ihe, wlOltkpeoffil]e I:i'v,~ 'wi.th the]l" w:I'ves and IC:ltiJ01'1@;D" bardly' ~v@:r .~Iee]mg th~: llig'h't of da·.y·~ w'Lils1i lOb, the surfa}ce~1 is pala'res buU,t for lU~Q.'t.y' aBd sp jJrli"t) t:he'soDs rof: ab,e ri.'ch Ji've a, life: a,f' idleness ,,;gd l"ec~k1es.~,p~earsu.f-ie ..
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nml:r i:n.'i:@re:st 'tIJ!fill

powe rf~

:m,agftate

.gb· l of· wondeit'ful 'bea~,ty appi~iU",!'ii' '(,eading' iii. ftlU'mbeJ;! of: ,ragrgle1d ~d lloderfed ,e:hi~d'r.ent )a;n)d s:h,e:wi'Dg to ,t.'bem th~ IC-at~""f~~e Jif~ of h~Xgl'Y' ]~d b:y the· id ~e rich", e xclaim.s: ;t:'Blehflild~ Ule'5M~~' y;i'ili~'r' are
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0\1: '01 De:

·this ,gar,den

happWeS\s

Ida;y

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F a;s'c.hl~,!Iliiriliil t....,r. ib._J'- ~F;"';:o..1l,1!J1~4Ii1l:;ll,1 . - - - "'n...,..'Il·~·.l I.Ily iliiilloUiF ,$ and CQ!ns ci,len'ce ,St'tri~~kelD h the tho ugh,t ,of these s U'ff~l"in, .pOIQlr ~h:iIdren;., .Eric w~" determiJaes t~ S.ee ~f'oI' him,self. undelt" w'hat condHw,II)ID$, :h'h~ 'f,a:·tlu~r"s 'wG!mk,peo~pl'e
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'witness';'n', an accid~llr In. !Oig,~ ,of: H:l,~m,aclline [l'\!'J·o:ms" 'b~ 'hurr.ies 'b'8ic'k: to h itSr f',artb,e~'i·o, ·t·h~' TO'w~r 101£ B,albtel" bn plo:rin,g' :h~m to grant 'be U:e'l" ~]'v:i,llg ICOR,-'
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Id:iJ:tions ,to the ~,la,ves ~:n. 'tbe €a,ta,c.omb~' be.[arw,. Ih M-' 1,' i. "'li111 ... e:t-'-- 'II~' - ;; 3. :!lDan lill(' 'llo,:n 'W~JlJi an ,Ji nl@!;¥vell' .r,opons'l' a
a:ppea1~,

Tl'u~ f,i\tlu~rr, mastieriiilmind ,of l!!_,~>'~ ,,;], ..ll 1L.1I3 :Ii :II,~.S t,OI un.'ue:r$t~ang iIlI:Ui :SO:U,,s,

:E,ric., !dli:s:aPPoJJ:n;ltad in his
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f,at herFs JrIelrms,al to a,~J~~'de to :his,
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l"equle5j'~e"

m~u:!:'biM' ·r;.ooms,. aDd a,'tb!Rds a. sie~~ell, I-b'" £: 'Ib. ~ 51 l h are :ueglll:llliin,g' tOI 're·vo,ll agaln:d: ttb,e bran win Ib. 10,001;' ng o. . ~s lIJ.,~·itaJlier ~,av'les:p. WO, !o(f:,th.e ,co;~'Usus .of i'n,d"U8"try s ,At ,tki~m eetiDg~~ E,l-l'e ai!tain. ,SEN!\S the s tll",aD:ge: a;nrd re t,urns ,dis,guised as a 'wo,'rkmaQ 11.0' the
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Ibe@iUlifu.1 gIr'~=M~l'Y

by' na:m~

-W'lUll

Ilners:Q~d.es the turllj'ule,nt
'ft:'be:re

slect.ions

I(]f t~he.

p eop]~ '1'01 ·F'e:fl"aJn. ,'ro!n] vi(jleneSt~1 :r-omi siin g tha. t s,om~ day 'who w~~~et om ttn~:ir 'btdlalf.. a

wiU b@ a meai a;t.~r

Maa;:ter:man'j havl'ug' Dueen io'ormed of tlle:sie mele1l.i:Dg:S,~ p,.Y$, a, v,lsi,1 t(]1 ,th!e cil'tacOIR),bs '~n 'OOiQ1,pJi):lilY wi tb, Rotwa.ng~ t'be :g'l'1ea't s ci,enti,s,t ,and ,i:ov1en'tor, whe John
has c~a.t..ed th,e electri,c, 'marv~~:s; of '~be iCj'tyo,,. alld wb!QI is ,ahsoirbed in, tb,e task,

,()f p'e:rfiect'iug' an A,ub) m.abll n ..
'Wbien Masrte:rman
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:M:ary 'p:[I~aJ.cb~ing to ,t~h@'W\(H,,.Jkers.;, he persuades
'IL.. f' 11., " ~] 'Ii-, h ':.' :b:)iUot';; 'it 'Ih f a,ce: '()], 'billS g,~,r:;.so ltllilaJt t, ,e ,IfJ!!!, : : iii'~

,111" 'R·Citw',a.:ng t~i CJaptrLTn:-,e, L Id~F ,itll,u ,g.tV,e_ h~ ,; is,
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t'obo,t

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s,ih,aJJ go ,amo'n~' th,e wlQ:rke:rs am,d tl~m.'.:11InJmil~:t,y Md ,t:hem that tlO' ~ie' I:b~,.· mlU;!d, w«);r':k~ v the phlll!,

$.iu]b':mi;!j,sifOl1,

to I:heii,["

:m![ts'['@1r.'S; ,Ito p:r'lOv'e 'to

RO,tW,OOlg 'G-ar'rie's, out
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M!a;ry Is 'caI(lhn:e1d, and tak'en

to his

:b,e,r[, :ftft'W,
ianimarb~d"

ana thefte 'by ,tbee mo&t 'WlQ,ud e'F.ful p,'~:">oc:e:s o-f e~@jc~tri.'ea], t:l"msrmiss~omt S ~ a~l)d fea.iuFfes a;f'e [rtqJ a,rted ,to 'lth;e ,~,robOi't~n 'This U l~lQ"h beecmes Olt~~
She 'is, the e~~ct d:upUca te of ,the real M,8rry" b'lJ.'t being 'l;vitJ~Q'ut a SQ:ul,

[s ll.U,ed wi-~'h,all 'tni);t is ev~,]~ ,~d
t~i:u~i'rmi:nds agi.\j ni t :

onee among' the 'wQ,r.k'ers" she h~ SoOI1 p,o),s,oni

11f:f

,their

~mp~oY'er',s, a:_nd 'Ul",g:ii:ng thiem, tOI revolt,

Mary

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~'" 'The storm b'r@\a,k~ ~£tU!~~S'~fand th,~ inl~,j,~:t,ed.mO:bl~ led !by ,t h'@: ", Auto:m,a;b)n dies trory e'\{"~ry ma!chln,e 'thai QP' e:r.,a:teiS\ the g:r,eaiE ,city J iD'cbJdin.g ,t~b,i@j1 .., so
u.

caUed

hear't

ma,ch.i:ne;n dell@nd~.; has are

on

w':b~,ch t,h~ v"e1'Y

'ii'ire and death

,of, 'tne, city
'01'

of

if"

M,elr\o,p-oU:s"
'W'DO

I n the

cata,slropn,ethal

:f:'Q,I~oi·w·s,. 'o'Un.g M:iI:stelr'man, y th'e chUdl;"eb
W!D.t,e1"

,alIdi Ma:iiiY:t WhiO
·the w'iQlrke:rs,

,eeSCalped". um'~\ed, ~,n. a 1]0;01(11, ,o(f lo,y,e:~ save
alm~~s:ill: ~o'w~~ed, jl)y' tbe: ;rg:s,b, ,of d
lo,f

whiJch dles,t'rlQry,s, fhe

:sg~Dlbe(["ran~!lJl ciity~ a:s,iii !90(rii.:sequ,e:nce

the slrut.,~;h~~ng 't'hie :w.ti,ch~nes)1! 'o,f

:10 Hle rlils:h, ,a.ndJ t~!blirn~,'Gil t.nal f,ono'\'w~;~Eri'!e ,and Mary are ~'e,pal",il,tJ~d, and, the i'nf'llr~hlj,b~~d :m.iQ'b;~€~ziing' t'h~ ~r'~i:ticla] 'rob(!rt~.:'" altempt, bl ]bllllr,iil ll;ev at t'be ,~,~:
,8,take~,

'V.).'Ung M,a~b=.l'mMl, s;@:eing' ,tbis
tdiWD

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amd ,thinking it. is, the ,girl he: love'~~ tF'e~

to s~;ve bet' ,3rt the 'F;,sk lOt: his he fin,cl$,that w'ham .elo,.,e~ learDs
't[h,arl: Erie
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a bl"OK~'n man when, only ~:s' :hills 1if~",wnl"k, :in Ytil'i'n~~ 'bJu:t lba,t: he also lo:s,t :his SOllj,
l;le~
laiD

J ob.n Masi'ter:mau

is

mOI'~' than any·thin;

e,arth;;

an .. t'be l'eal Miall"Y ,~-e s,av'e!d~ d,

ne

When b) his :i:nrde:scri'ba:b"lejoy he
b~~Q'me.:s, a

CbM1t:e<d man, and,

tbanks

:1I;'s Make~J ,fro:r the ,pll'lerSie;);v,a;ti.c1n .tJf' his
,t\:lIu:lI, so "t'he )jrii"OpnleEY n:f

;S;OiR

,md Mar'y.,

tb~ ,g:i]t:~ eame 'trllli~a,
~Oi~ ,the

oled.ia,'to1l
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ii

b~t,w~eg 'oil'ain
P:O'O'l";

amd

'labour

has ,a:itt; urt bee'D f,OiUndi'-' fort :YQQ:gg Ma:s'b91"man" whose ae-al"tt ha,a been b hi,tA'~~~Q nppre s ,~d su:l1e,:ing
f16~,oe:

so 'f'un oJ~CO~p,3llSsio1)n and feeliRg'

bad by' f;Ona'wing: t,he ins:ti nets of hil:$, own, Itea;rl;;'i l;1fIoug'hil a'b OiU:t a ,gooci,.,w]]], bJ all :meDIl

and

t 111 ,i;!l'

W :['jj''I;''entalli"'" T:ran:liiim~'t,$ t.~e lmaJ.~: oifM,air'y 'to' ·t·~e mf;!:~.n.$, o:f Chem)!(l,al .~nJdl E I,ei~t~it'i:al A.pp\l.U"!il:h~~ ..
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r , "h'" C- ea .tion of the Artificial .···e .' . B H urrian .-~eln.g.
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E .r :io. ~, Mlet~mipo]tis/~) I 'was over-

I n:v',erd~()r',

R@tvl.~",;;I!m:g'~

in bre'lllnJJ,belsb~r~I' completely transfor I11cd j 11 a m 0 st pe.c u.H,aF rna nne r , It was s;t'l",a'ruge to me, not being a technician, and .c rice who does not know C'1!,fen 'LO re pa "11' 'an e'I ect r ic 1)e.~. " tri H f~' 1']p~l ~ '. . '\. huge j In pr ess ive and uncanny cham ber :Fep:resenting the laboratory of
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One d(_tf I found a. part pi the studio

most mysterious objects, come with a very strange
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ente reel

rh e renowned

in _.

venter, Rotwang. FuH of compli'LC<l.ted a'llli 'l)l'!z~linfjf., """ ~ apparatus, maeh-

iues,

cOl,] 5J,

induction resi starrces,
eables. transt". les, b
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H.g ht ed 'W ith nUU1,erOU:5 mercury '1.i:i.111:PS. Enthrol:l'ed on a. pedestal se-at '''l,as the gr't1l~~om,e .] -I-" "i anc ll'[YS.'!l.lca 1 ".. ro 'Ih..,...n (;)0 .~~' cove r ~ng t::]:H~ imprisoned gi rt lVLa r'y, \vilo,s,€ 11£ry heart - th robs are to be transferred to 'i t, 'Wh,e'll enmpletcd, this "robot" will hav~· the apJI Pc@[ ra,L1,~e' 0.11:. thi S . ,ECJ.t innocent gir l, but its actions would
the room,
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h~'ehh~,g hen w

.to..

witehes. fly-wheels,
m, 1",C~~;,ot'1i I!l' u""
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which 1N,ere different formulze, boilinc chemicals in bO'~116~ tables of. glass, intrioate t··
trr"lion 1"
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Alre,~d)f th ,~,~' -obet" 111·'!!'e~.~, '0"'. J._~~ T"';';"'II..~~ b'U'iJ, 1"'1. an u atrro_.~ _J, ce .,,_,..,,' m a t 0 n," T ~e .. d ~ 'w'e]rn. meompreh'e'nsib~e smHe" the

he ~vn~ la(.~i~vrd]ng' to the will of its

creator.

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'.~. 'W;i:to, ·~h.:a;t of tb,D

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slow :lrresist.a1ble movement S~I the

'ba.IS'~.·li],s m,ot[o:t1J of ~

.~ ovelines s of 'U1-e au tomaton,'
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of the

head,

the

haunting

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born in. the minds oJ the seenarist and director, and fashioned by tb e :p roper t y man ~ holds us all spell-bound, 'I'he sta ge V!,i'"IO rke rs, th.€: electr iclans 0 herwise never afraid, ready for 'a joke, never imp- essed wi th anything .. seemed to feel some uneasiness. It would be foolish to say that this wonderful tab ratory, with i "S countless known and unknown mechanism U1 011. th e po s, ibilitics f u n I im i t e d [·ecbniqu.e, is,
,topic: nand

bt~i~lt~·

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this metal .. a ntomat on enCat sed the tende r body of a beautiful gi'1- .' rigitte Helm, and that she had to S 11 f f e. r severely
pi

impossible, ~, t u :[ rn y s e Lf, a Lt h o u g h these things, and not know~ In,g ~rhy I had to sw itch. this

strange

to all

nevertheless .. at the cru cial mome at, the maton '. turns, ies he a d towards I!;;lSJ and we f e,e] th a ~th e gre at ideal h as been accomplished, but S II aebody must be

under

the

strain,

that Vh h e e I~. bad to appear quite ;U:C1l5~ torned to it,

on~ Of' tUrn

mysterious

Ii

auto-

and do every~~

satisfied, and this somebody, -,appa.ren~ly .,;\ith his mind .f. r a \v.ay" ]. wa [chin" 'v,;vitb iut e ns e eoncent ration ~:th e s lig h test movement and ev ry detail, 'IQe L Fdtz Lang, the director who not 011]Y believes in his work- which is, a matter of course bu he belie- ICS in the t ower of-he unreal, in the power of that which h~,$ nC'IJ"c r' happened. an~ whe re before S hat be must be con vineed '. f the power of his fancy, ]VJ uch know ledge" ]]l,any experi';- ents 11 a ad 0 be rna le bv the camera men, l\ifessrs, Freund and' Rittau" much "c.lre was aken al so bv the architect, Ii unte ancl the' buHders and painters, until 1-ri z ang's ima.gin,ati n was brought ill to reali ty ,rJtudwas ready to be captui ed by the camera, Th is mean much atient ,iii, airing and the concenI

,~, ... "'"""'-.;" IDENTS I,N T,HE ,:EUR, OF THE AR1"UfICIAL HUMA,N' BErN'let T,op~EW~c'tr, caru C:m:r:"@iIl~ 'TiraDs·m~u.:i.~, ' tftii) fO(I':l!Q, Ori ·M,;IU"lI' 'tp t:..he ~~:Rohot/" MiiJidWe-,Rin If,ei. g;f ,E[~tiii'tri;ca.l F~uiid Jalu,d F,rua~hB~ ,lEn'GiNI~ .h'il My~,teri'o.,u9 'igor,e. ,Bo.itt.G.m~The! RiGboit ~~come;' t:o. L,tf.e, ,I,llI,o,wig,nl' the Hur.t and M, ·.ilD A:rit,e.r:i.u. ,DJfijjid_. il.h !iO:!iil~ ,II! _ !lOne ~ - _Ii J'~j{btl'takiD:1 HUIn:aD, F'iImIo"
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tration of our el1ergi'I"S in order to keep up eu,;r' ~pj rits, Y. or <.1 'long 1I::i.:~n.e it V'!1 as a grea t t r.:ht 'I. oJ cndu 1"'an c t: '!) u t wh (:.:11 th e In I11pS were ~1 rt~llly s 'w~tcb,ed on, and the oa me.ras nk~ke'da; then carrie our reward, 'Of c 0 '!lJ rsc, th ere \o\llJE: re 11:1il:ny' ha PLY j,ntr;:rva,~ s, specially for one t.nn~C1!11Ul'~Clto absolute helplessness a~, Brigit~e Helm was, For d-nyJs ."fi;md d· ys she was cou ~in~d
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TI1\,~Pl;'\O,d:l;I~er.'. F~dt~ La'R1g, ,Reh(£a~5~~ g: ~be CRaiti;io~ 'ill! ttbe ju,.t~'fltia~ .H:1.1_~Ut lEh::i:y~g· .•

]1flside tht, metal

,: rCJlll~)ti.J~ V("ry l:~ght-

Iy clad, and uj!]~.1.:dco relax, suffc ring t pain and discomfor-t. I twas gn . :·,at

I 'lit coins 'lrrto fh~ ',0Pf;:l11hlg tf '~his'In etal automaton," where fhc;y iN'C.r,e "very cleve rly conetted by BlI":jgittc I,c:illu, '\\,ho fully apprccia ted thl!i joke, and bought herself chocr la res with fh~ flu.)uey taken f rom
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r urn to

not over-pleased wi th nlJY uncomfortable and ''I.~el~~1'i' hard rncts 'I hand, J t was a kind ~J f :i ron ga'un'tlet, and the gr~p 0'£ H upon lny ha nrl was rather ']_?:crl:fl'i ul, and 5tH!1 e of 1'11;';l Frtends could ten a few pwirll'rul stories about -it. 1-\.11] these inc~~Jents are remembered 'il.l he [' seve r:"~:1 ~1{J n t]~S, a t wo rk, iI.JlI d u f eo 1.] rse ~n1~1.r1F'{ • 'are H~.n1.0~t forf,(Qttel1 ~cspeei nn:yas 1 h~nl~' h.n,v,c seen the .fiu; shed film ~;(.lvrEirRO'PO] lS~{I for the first ·till] e, and. e ve r y th i ng ~pp,e a red to ']11e SO stfifnge. I h:ul no] HlC fc,~Hllg tlmt I was ()I'H: ,nf th OS~ ''if~lf) had played a part hu H. 1 ts matrnitude gripped me $0 strongly, as. ,it ""vi ] the ll1J:tri,)· 1 thousands 'W~'Hi) see 'it (ttl the screen
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]M~E;]"R'OP01JS l~' ]1 For more than a whn -Ie yea.r 1 have, been unsbl e to g~t .:a\\vay f rom th~' '~,o'"Vn of N e uba bel sbu I'g-'ble$~cd and ell rsed In~:ny_ tnrres ; IFOln the bottom of 1'1Jlj" hear t. It W'[U; either 0Jn unpleasant win ter ur a g'linr:~Ou.s hot SlUlr[l~er we had to work; in, hut it \~',··15,a hvays ~ \',vnrk 0:[ plj¢~sul"'eJ' and now tha t J h Or ve completed this great prcdu ction, J seek fresh conquests, and l should like to leave the town "vili h it s;ol1lg of j oy, f err a new e x p e ri e 11 ce an d fre"S 11 idea s ~ r or SCH11.'e t:~H!T ,p:1 0 eas an t a n,d hiring dcstiuati .~"U. '\;Vhitt can I tell you of ,~~]J~~"IT{OIPOIJS' other than to C'xpn~~~ ]TIY grateful thariks to those who he'tped toe so loyally in the buildirtg' ,r()'f it. ] O:l1,te 1~t1,ew a young violini st who became a great ar ti:$t, Fl-e was lUIl/OL blc to sing or \"rbi.5tl~ the simpl ~S[ tune, and could Ot]'~y express his musical thoughts, through the medi urn of his instrument, i\ nrl su it is with me, Ev~ry·tbing] ha ve tC)1 tell, I cannot 'CXpress in words, 'but in depicting in black and whi te on the celluloid of the filrn ~ if I cannot Succced ; n j; nrlin g ex] IresS:l on, on the picture, I certainly cannot find it In speech, It may 'be tha t th c to-morrow vviH sh~),v' V\r'ba t I :1JIJU:!~Ul'E _[ have not yet g',ot s;~mffidie'nUy fSl!' -away front itl}" work' IOn,.j ]'1ETROP'OLIS ~~ and am as yet tao much .'i8_bSOTbetl to b,c aL.~,r2' to sa,)I anything' a bout it just l"TI,OW but I hope that the mOfJJ of the filrn ~~vin live and bear Fruit, It ]'S certah]]y something- to have created E'I'-R 0' 'por I.n, "11 t '\JIj,l as r 0''[ n1le a, nd f'O-f a. '1.~ W 'I1: 0; WOf'1'f;. ~~(_u, wrt 1 me a goaI to 'k ,1' 1 11. I ' _. flj:ll -4.,,' -. L~' S. 1 ILH~ reached. Having reached that goal, we frn,d that it is only a sign post on the road \'"i.i'liJic]~ leads 'be furfher -an:1.b.itio:n~ for the wonder-world of the film is boundless, and it is a l:ilorio.us task to exp lore this boundless wonderland, ~~ ~
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I" ro 1;, . h ]ra 5 n f l~e I ,a,rt, yo lit '\.y] I'! s;"l.Y':i'a fl' 1" '"vou h~~ ~t~ '11 the perfn r man cc (:I f ve 1\1E'THO :~Ol..1 S," \J\rh~H could he e,~s ier than to hold the beau ti f1Ld' 1\ l ,;j ry iu hi 8 arms and mayl ~c kiss he r ? ,i:fhe se o'rh's, in 'the ca tacomhs whe re E ric ~ the mi [lion~ 1re' s son, ~s 10 (;l{) ng' l.ljl) at lYI ary~, was certainly not, all bC01.- and ~]fittles"H No, nothing of the kl:'r~fl'!for '1: 'lis scene had to be ('llnne very thoroughly. h was not so easy as it. ~qolcs~neither f.Of me or fur Illy IlJartlI'l.-e r~ .L~rl grttc Helm,
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act

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stand as m ig:h ty catacombs, S;UTI'O'LJ:nded by h u];],d:rcd:s of lamps,
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Iollow Hll his movemen ts. The surrounding worlel {~is,appears for us, and ~,C h~l,\',eeyes
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who were not engaged, sin1ply climbed over the Ience a ncJ smuggled themsel yes in betw eeu rhe others iu order to glct something g{)od to ea t, To be q uite honest, I. was afra i:d. . ~,f 'the ta king of 'the chihl.ren's scenes. lI'h'e 'flt)o] ca tas trophe :IDJ lone, in the city of the lahou rers, was accompan icd by enorrnous technical difficulties, - \NHb hundreds, of ] ittle child ren 'who h{lr1 no Idea of what itt: 11l1~alTIS tel take a picture-s-and some unforeseen circumstance with one uf them, lji~,fo'[dd:1,lJ;:\"'i,,re been sufficient to lestroy the whole pain [ul work or ",',~;ree a'll!~dweeks, but ks 'v~;r'e were 'very pleasan fly disappointed, No fi'~ ever had 'ITIOrc cnth usiastic and m willing collaborators than these little children. They were always \'\,ll:lLug tn da:s'~ intd the nLt'~H''I" ch ~UV water, f"rhey ruled the' si tuation. Ther portrayed: fea'r' and desperation like perfect actors, Only :{1:(l,;V a nd (l,ga in some of them had to be rerni n IC"c1] f tli ey should so far Jor'~re"[ as to look misch ievousJy at the camera, Thanks are due to the (]e~ r Ii'ttlr(~ ones -f Orr their s'fl]endhl help in lnald'!ig ,~~l]F:TR,oprOLIS. and 1 than k them from the bottom of' 'mY' heart for v;.rr':_l ~
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remarkable tf1 ings happened during the m,;J.kin,g oft 1\{E'rn'OP"OLlS,I'1' bu E the most un'forgettable was the forlorn crowds uf poorly clad children En this g;.~'~lndc and impressive suhteliTane~U1. ci ty Qf the labourers. T11cV' carne from the: poorest quarters of lBc.r'Hn to Babelsbefog accompanied 'by their sisters and relati ves to ta ke !)~xt ill the, picture, some of them Ior weeks 3 nd weeks on end, .arrd others occasionally when we were able br} employ them, My he-art went out to. them, for 0111 these days W]H~l] there was 11. bthing or v~ry Iitt le to do" Babelsbcrg V;rElS a paradise to them beca use th ey found the taking ]f ,a picture qui t_e ;.;~ tn~~ttl and the very thing t1)ey 'h.... dreamed abou t, id 'thf: liN"arm clean rooms in which they changed their clothes, the S',Slmes in theIje;rutif nl sand. and ,il:d sorts of toys I :fO]~ th,e] r pleasu I"'!;;!. i.vr ost important of all, there VV~5 always plenty to eat (Gr' t hftnlj-~ll the htU1,gry ']i ttle lTIOuth s ~ Fat] r times a dilly t here 'W,!(_IJ,$ a hot 111].'e(l,'~ f o r Hi!e 111. with ho t cocoa and cake at 1\ o'elock in the afternoon. It was no wonder, t'&len~Ior'e~, that ]11 the evening there was always; more ehil~ren than in. the m~rnlng~ Ior a bunch of them
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many

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