Metropolis script
Metropolis (1927)
Synopsis: This influential German science-fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends the rebellious teacher Maria (Brigitte Helm), but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict.

A slick-black JET COPTER drops silently from the sky.

INT. WAREHOUSE - CONTINUOUS

Pieces of advanced computer technology lie scattered about

the large work table. A small kitchen and bedroom in the

back.

Speakers pour in one of Handel's aching melodies.

The music suddenly pierced by the shriek of a giant Bird

of Prey diving across the room.

EXT. STREET - CONTINUOUS

A tight knot of bodyguards disgorge from the copter.

Tense eyes sweeping the street, they finally give the all-

clear signal.

HALDEN, a charismatic bull of a man, emerges from the

copter. He moves with the confidence of someone who knows

he can't be touched.

INT. WAREHOUSE - CONTINUOUS

The sound of Handel's concert mixes with the sound of

claws tearing apart flesh.

TANNER sits in the middle of the room. He is early

forties, athletic build, and a face that holds too many

memories.

His insomniac-stained eyes studying the Holographic Chess

Board as the knight mounted on the Bird of Prey slaughters

a pawn.

DISEMBODIED VOICE (O.S.)

Visitors.

Tanner snaps his attention to --

INT. WALL SIZE MONITOR

Halden and his men head toward the warehouse.

INT. WAREHOUSE

Tanner's eyes harden at the sight of Halden. A long beat,

then he finally shakes his head in resigned disgust.

TANNER:

Permit entry.

The sound of dead bolts automatically sliding open.

MOMENTS LATER:

The bodyguards stand motionless in the corner, doing their

best to look like furniture.

Halden moves through the holographic chess board, his eyes

on Tanner.

HALDEN:

A legend fell tonight.

His stare now ripping into Tanner.

HALDEN:

The unrunnable maze. Impossible to

get through.

(thick smile)

Well, some kid just danced it like

it was some six bit video game.

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Thea von Harbou

Thea Gabriele von Harbou was a German screenwriter, novelist, film director, and actress. She is especially known as the screenwriter of the science fiction film classic Metropolis and the story on which it was based. more…

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