Metropolis (Paramount, 1927). Herald (6" X 9"). One of the greatest epics of the silent era, this is director Fritz Lang's undisputed masterpiece. It tells the story of a future society, in which the wealthy live above ground in gleaming penthouses, supported by the workers, who toil below, in cramped, subhuman conditions. When a riot breaks out in the worker's city, both sides must come to an accord or risk losing everything. Based on a story by Thea Von Harbou, Lang's wife at the time, the film is a true marvel, with special effects far surpassing anything that was being done at the time. Originally running 210 minutes at its Berlin premiere, the film was heavily edited and rewritten by playwright Channing Pollock for its American release. Pollock also softened the undeniably pro-socialist themes, then considered far too controversial for general release. The result was a muddle of a film, one that enjoyed only limited success with American audiences. Since then, several restorations of the film have served to highlight Lang's brilliant achievement, and have allowed Metropolis to take its rightful place as one of the most important and influential films ever made. Offered here is a herald for the American release of this silent classic. Aside from a single very small edge tear, this piece is in remarkable condition, boasting some stunning graphics. Paper from this picture is always highly sought after, as it is one of the first science fiction films ever released. Bid now, as you never know when another opportunity like this might come along. Very Fine+.

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