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.
For the U.S. version, Paramount hired playwright Channing Pollock to rewrite the film around Fritz Lang's footage. He created an entirely new story that blamed all of the action on a greedy employee and identified many of the revolting workers as soulless robots. For the film's U.S. release, Paramount replaced the UFA logo with its own and reshot the credits. Lang refused to see this version.
What if one day those in the depths rise up against you?
When Freder and Josaphat are climbing down into the miner's city, Freder is barefoot. When they are taking the children up the stairs, he has shoes again.
Restoration based on the version in the Filmmuseum Munich and material preserved in the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv
A version restored by the German Democratic Republic in the eighties runs 115 minutes (still shown on German TV sometimes).
$19,386 14 July 2002