Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
The nightmare in which workers are fed to Moloch was filmed in the middle of winter. Despite the lights and several heaters, the studio was extremely cold, a special hardship on the extras, most of them unemployed men, who had to walk naked into the mouth of the god. Fritz Lang took so many days filming the sequence his assistants feared the extras would revolt. Finally, Erich Pommer came to the set and informed the director that he had more than enough footage already and needed to stop.
After having worked at the machine for ten hours, Freder is clearly exhausted when he enters the catacombs and goes down the last stairwell. When he relieved Georgy (worker 11811) earlier in the film, Georgy was sweating--implying Freder should now be sweating too. However, when he takes off his beanie in the catacombs, his hair isn't wet from sweat at all.
Restoration based on the version in the Filmmuseum Munich and material preserved in the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv
The DVD version released by Navarre (as part of a "Triple Feature" budget release) runs 119 minutes. It uses still pictures for the opening credits and dialogue titles.
$19,978 (USA) (9 May 2010)
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