Despite the dated politics and romance, Fritz Lang's 1926 sci-fi satire establishes a clear line of descent to the likes of Blade Runner, Gattaca, Minority Report, what-you-will. Among the visual splendors of the movie: the sets and décors of the legendary UFA studios; the innovative compositing technique that came to be known as the Schüfftan Process (after the great cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan); and the architectonic solidness of the compositions. But if this is the granddaddy of screen science fiction, what does that make Méliès's Trip to the Moon, Conquest of the Pole, et al.? Great-granddaddies, evidently. With Brigitte Helm and Gustav Frohlich. (1927) — Duncan Shepherd
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