Robots: Metropolis

Fritz Lang’s visionary masterpiece, often cited as George Lucas’s favorite film, is the granddaddy of sci-fi movie epics. Much of the drama centers on an up-to-no-good female robot named Maria, whose elegant design became the inspiration for C-3PO a half-century later.

Robots is part of a summer-long series of family-friendly sci-fi films, presented free throughout the summer, coinciding with the exhibition Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Some of these are movies that George Lucas has cited as being his favorites, others are examples of the vast variety of pre-Star Wars fantasy, science fiction and adventure that fired the imaginations of young audiences in the 1950s and earlier. Raised on the infinite possibilities of movies, this was a generation ready to embrace Lucas’s vision. Each feature film will be preceded by one chapter from the three original Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s. (approx. 148 min.)

 

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