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Some Facts About Fritz Lang’s Metropolis

  • The film, presented in 1927, nearly left Universal Film AG bankrupt, costing 5,000,000 marks (about 200,000,000 US dollars), making it one of the most expensive movies of all time.
  • Preparing, shooting, and editing the film took over a year and a half.
  • Over 37,000 extras were used in the creation of the film. This included 25,000 men, 11,000 women, 1,100 bald men, 750 children, 100 dark-skinned actors/actresses, and 25 Asian actors/actresses.
  • Influenced many future productions, such as C-3P0’s design in the Star Wars franchise, the use of a mechanical hand in Doctor Strangelove and the name of the city Superman resides in.
  • The robot used in the film contains— not a stunt double— but actress Brigitte Helm, who worked through the pain and heat of being in a metal suit under Lang’s direction.
  • Allegedly, Metropolis was one of Adolf Hitler’s favorite films. Because of this, the Jewish Fritz Lang was deemed an “honorary Aryan,”and allowed to escape Jewish persecution during World War II.

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