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Metropolis 

When: Sun., Jan. 14, 2 p.m. 2018
Price: $10-$15
Fritz Lang envisioned a chilling future in his 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis. The vast majority of society slaves away underground while the cultural elite enjoys lives of privilege and luxury in high-rise towers. Freder is the son of the city's planner, and after following a beautiful woman underground, he discovers the awful plight of the workers. He seeks a way to aid the working class, while his father plots to stop him from throwing away his life. Maria, the beautiful woman, prophesies that someday someone will heal society's rifts — but she's also pursued by a deranged scientist who dreams of quelling the brewing revolt by transferring Maria's consciousness into a robot. Filled with amazing (for the time) special effects and gorgeous Art Deco sets, Metropolis still feels fresh and exciting 90 years later. The St. Louis Art Museum screens Metropolis at 2 p.m. today with a live score. Tickets are $10 to $15.
— Paul Friswold

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