MARY
1931, Rialto Pictures, 78 min, Germany/UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Early talkies were occasionally produced in parallel in different languages, and this version of MURDER! made for the German market was shot on the same sets at the same time as the English-language thriller. A juror (Alfred Abel) who reluctantly voted to convict a woman (Olga Tschechowa) of murder investigates the case, trying to resolve his doubts before her execution. In German with English subtitles.


METROPOLIS (1927)
1927, Kino Lorber, 153 min, Germany, Dir: Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang's early science fiction masterpiece takes place in a future metropolis divided into two halves: a land of luxury for the rich and powerful and a subterranean nightmare for the poor workers who keep the city running. When a son of privilege falls for a worker-turned-revolutionary and discovers the hellish conditions underground, he tries to fix things, only to come up against evil genius Rotwang, who creates a "fake" Maria in order to manipulate her followers. Lang's landmark dystopian vision influenced everything from BLADE RUNNER and DARK CITY to THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.


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