The definitive science-fiction bonanza of the 1920s, Lang’s expressionist epic is set in a futuristic deco dystopia inspired by the then-new skyscraper spires of Manhattan, in which a downtrodden proletariat underclass rise up against their magnate masters. A triumph of trick photography and Cubist-inspired imagery, with the design of its Maschinenmensch female robot nothing less than iconic.

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