Fritz Lang’s classic expressionist drama is set in 2026. Wealthy industrialists rule the vast city of Metropolis from high-rise tower complexes, while a lower class of underground-dwelling workers toils constantly to operate the machines that provide the city’s power. A futuristic urban dystopia, the film follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of Metropolis’ ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city. Newly restored, this film classic has much to say about current urban life and work.
To go alongside his visit to Bristol, his lecture on JG Ballard and Future Cities, and the special preview of High Rise, Will Self has chosen films he admires about Ballard and cities in general.