Disaster Movies: Metropolis

Probably not the first motion picture about a flooded city, but certainly the most influential one. In the 1927 movie the city is a completely fictious science fiction vesion of a city. It is thus more comparable to the new towns that are currently being planned to anticipate the impact of rising sea levels than to the cities threatened by it. Still Metropolis remains one of the earliest immersive visual experiences of a flooded city and a futurist version of the sinful city punished by a deluge. These images show the making of an iconic flooding scene in the movie. The first image shows the scenery before the flooding.

Metropolis Year: 1927 – Germany Director: Fritz Lang Photographer: Horst von Harbou. It is forbidden to reproduce the photograph out of context of the promotion of the film. It must be credited to the Film Company and/or the photographer assigned by or authorized by/allowed on the set by the Film Company. Restricted to Editorial Use. Photo12 does not grant publicity rights of the persons represented.

Germany; 20. Century; Christian; Film; City: Metropolis