Courtesy Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Hour: 18


Director: Fritz Lang

Scriptwriter: Thea von Harbou

Cast: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Produced by: Erich Pommer, UFA

Germany, 1927

149’, b/w

Original version with German intertitles subtitled in Italian, DCP supplied by Cineteca of Bologna (restored in 2010 by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau- Stiftung and Deutsche Kinemathek).

The film by this German director deals with issues in a future in which man has been tyrannized by power and transformed into a work-machine. In Lang’s world, the workers are “hypnotized” and led to revolution by an attractive but soulless robot that is an identical copy of Maria, a true revolutionary who fights for the benefit of human beings and their rights. Freder is the owner’s son who, as a result of his love for Maria and the empathy she has for the workers and their children, becomes the intermediary between his father and the working class. Freder represents love as the indispensable mediator between thought and action.