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these notes are for the 2002 Murnau Foundation version

aside from opening credits, all word-cards have been left out. times
in minutes.seconds

0.00 - 2.12 - intro titles and cast list

The workers city:
2.12 - 2.27 - metropolis logo-title page
2.27 - 2.54 - machines/pistons
2.55 - 3.07 - pistons and CLOCK
3.08 - 3.16 - shift-change whistles
3.17 - 4.00 - men shuffle in/out of tunnel
4.00 - 4.02 - shift-change whistles
4.02 - 4.16 - men shuffle into lift
4.17 - 4.27 - descent in lift shaft
4.44 - 5.19 - lifts reach workers city
5.20 - 5.35 - men flood/shuffle into empty city

Club of the Sons:
6.02 - 6.07 - sons excersise
6.07 - 6.32 - sons race on track

The Eternal Gardens
6.41 - 6.57 - ladies summoned by man-servant
7.05 - 7.32 - ladies display themselves under direction of man
7.32 - 7.59 - Hero plays hide+seek with ladies, move to fountain
8.02 - 8.19 - Hero and lady run around fountain
8.19 - 8.32 - They embrace
8.32 - 8.56 - Maria enters with childeren - far distance
8.57 - 9.17 - Maria in close-up with childeren
9.21 - 9.24 - Maria shows childeren gardens
9.27 - 9.34 - ditto with more gardens
9.37 - 9.46 - Maria and Hero stare at each other
9.46 - 10.12 - get those little peasants out of here!
10.12 - 10.46 - Maria + childeren are made to leave by man-servants
10.46 - 10.45 - Hero leaves lady and gets apologies from servant
11.06 - 11.28 - servant tells him Maria's name and looks flustered
11.29 - 11.35 - nice empty garden shot
11.35 - 11.53 - Hero touches heart, wants Maria, runs away

Hero sees workers city
12.02 - 12.22 - Hero enters workers city

The M machine
12.22 - 12.31 - machine whole normal
12.31 - 12.43 - details of workers on machine
12.44 - 12.47 - machine whole again
12.44 - 13.17 - man with dials/levers is unable to control pressure
13.17 - 13.32 - machine gets faster as pressure rises
13.32 - 13.33 - Hero notices
13.33 - 13.39 - pressure overloads, steam engulphs man
13.39 - 13.41 - Hero terrified
13.41 - 13.45 - machine explodes men fly into air
13.45 - 13.48 - Hero falls down in terror
13.48 - 13.51 - men in agony from steam
13.51 - 14.37 - machine becomes huge mouth and men are fed into it
14.37 - 15.10 - new workers march straight into mouth like a sacrifice
15.10 - 15.52 - illusion broken, new workers arrive, injured removed
15.52 - 15.58 - Hero runs away and gets in taxi

The vast city
16.01 - 17.02 - The City with cars and workers and hugeness

The tower of Babel
17.02 - 17.26 - Boss paces/talks and clerks take down notes
17.26 - 17.48 - chief clerk struggles to copy from srolling blackboard
17.48 - 17.57 - clerks pause relieved as Boss pauses and thinks
17.57 - 18.10 - Hero enters, power of father is felt
18.10 - 18.23 - Father continues, clerks continue
18.23 - 18.50 - Hero clings to and explains to chief clerk, afraid
18.50 - 19.36 - Father hears but is angry with chief clerk
19.45 - 19.52 - Father talks
19.56 - 20.00 - chief clerk made to leave through huge door
20.00 - 20.26 - Hero explains to father and is reassured
20.26 - 20.28 - clerks asked to leave
20.28 - 20.58 - Hero tries to explain again to unsympathetic father
20.59 - 21.03 - Boss in close-up thinking
21.10 - 21.11 - Hero crosses arms
21.19 - 21.43 - son and father emotionally distant in room
21.51 - 22.18 - vast cityscapes
22.21 - 22.26 - talking
22.30 - 22.37 - workers descending in lift-shaft
22.42 - 22.48 - hero thinking distraught
22.54 - 23.01 - father thinks son is silly
23.01 - 23.19 - alarm on desk, father closes huge window curtains
23.19 - 23.24 - chief clerk back again with news
23.30 - 23.49 - Grot enters, comes to desk and gestures
23.54 - 24.03 - Boss unsettled
24.03 - 24.21 - grot puts plans on desk INTERESTING SHOT!
24.21 - 24.33 - the plans and grot
24.39 - 24.51 - everyone comes to desk because of the plans
24.58 - 25.20 - chief clerk about to be fired because of plans
25.26 - 26.11 - shock dishonor isolation and indifference
26.12 - 26.23 - pleading son and father, pointing
26.32 - 26.54 - father cold, son repelled
26.54 - 27.00 - son runs away and out of huge door
27.00 - 27.28 - man staggers down steps, stopped from shooting self
27.35 - 27.49 - distrought man and son
27.49 - 28.02 - no return... father distrustful, son has idea
28.07 - 28.21 - son employs clerk
28.21 - 28.24 - father power shot
28.24 - 28.33 - odd-looking man enters
28.44 - 28.51 - more ideas
29.08 - 29.15 - strange man comes to desk
29.22 - 29.29 - strange homoerotic profile man
29.29 - 29.34 - strange man leaves

The workers city and the clock machine
29.35 - 29.55 - Hero enters a world of steam
29.55 - 30.19 - we see the man toiling at the clock machine
30.19 - 30.33 - The man in close up at the machine, exhausting labour
30.36 - 30.51 - The man collapses, then fights to get back at machine
30.56 - 31.01 - I will stay at the machine for you
31.08 - 31.14 - Hero starts to use the machine
31.14 - 31.21 - using machine
31.32 - 31.47 - switch over clothes and address on paper
31.51 - 32.14 - more of switch over

The inventor's house
32.51 - 32.58 - the strange house
33.04 - 33.20 - inventor and servant
33.25 - 33.28 - inventor
33.48 - 33.52 - THE STONE HEAD
33.59 - 34.08 - inscription on head
34.09 - 34.12 - slight emotion on Boss' face
34.31 - 34.34 - mania of inventor and back of boss' head
34.40 - 34.43 - boss' head and fist
34.48 - 34.55 - inventor good shot
35.00 - 35.02 - more inventor - mad tearing at his chest
35.10 - 35.16 - sudden mad calm
35.21 - 35.49 - leads Boss to see HEL
35.49 - 37.17 - HEL comes to life
37.26 - 37.33 - inventor and creation
37.42 - 37.56 - the three of them, GOOD
38.02 - 38.07 - Hero at machine, grainy
38.07 - 38.11 - boss and inventor next to curtains
38.16 - 38.19 - boss explains to aprehensive inventor
38.26 - 38.38 - inventor looks superior
38.47 - 39.20 - Hero reads plans wjile working,attracts conspirator
39.25 - 39.34 - more of the above
39.35 - 39.50 - inventor dissects plans, close up of watch
39.50 - 40.48 - hero becomes exhausted at machine, it turnsto clock
40.55 - 40.56 - continuation of above
40.56 - 41.16 - whistles blow shift change hero joins other workers
41.16 - 41.22 - more inventor and plans boss in chair
41.31 - 41.44 - continuation, resolved books put away map studdied
41.44 - 41.59 - people walk through map in catacombs
42.12 - 42.36 - inventor and books

The catacombs
42.36 - 43.14 - inventor leads boss down into the depths - good
43.14 - 43.21 - in the depths with torches
43.21 - 43.41 - back and forth boss and workers in tunnels
43.41 - 44.05 - workers enter underground chamber, hero sees HER
44.05 - 44.49 - the holy gathering, good
44.50 - 45.27 - nice, the gathering and spying on it by boss

The legend of the tower of babel
45.41 - 46.36 - legend stuff
46.36 - 46.52 - really good, workers come to build it
47.12 - 47.22 - good, dragging the huge stones
47.36 - 47.46 - workers look good and manly-ish
47.54 - 47.59 - workers revolt, good

catacombs continued
48.13 - 48.22 - maria closeup candles grabs chest
48.26 - 48.28 - continuation
48.35 - 48.37 - continuation
48.37 - 49.02 - workers are stunned, one speaks into the light
49.07 - 49.26 - maria being saintly
49.31 - 49.46 - maria and hero feel great emotion
49.51 - 50.01 - boss has reached a decision about what he has seen
50.01 - 50.12 - arial view, congregation begin to leave
50.12 - 50.20 - inventor spying
50.20 - 51.25 - hero/ine meet finally and look interesting
51.31 - 51.33 - continuation
51.38 - 52.00 - rapture and touching with hands
52.00 - 52.07 - inventor and boss talk having seen everything
52.14 - 52.22 - more
52.31 - 52.45 - hero and maria ar all into each other and stuff
52.45 - 52.57 - more boss and inventor
53.04 - 53.28 - inventor looks intense and tall, boss leaves
53.36 - 53.58 - maria looks classcal, hero looks pathetic
54.03 - 54.23 - they kiss in close up can see maria's shoulders woo
54.23 - 55.03 - parting is such sweet sorrow etc, nice
55.04 - 55.40 - maria and candle, inventor stalkiing her
55.40 - 55.53 - more
55.53 - 56.00 - more but good
56.00 - 56.09 - boring
56.09 - 58.22 - FANTASTIC, USE IT!

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