Poster for the UFA movie "Metropolis" by Fritz Lang, Werner Graul, 1926 © DHM

Poster for the UFA movie "Metropolis" by Fritz Lang, Werner Graul, 1926

Cinema flourished during the Weimar Republic. More films were produced in Babelsberg (Potsdam) than in any other European country. Around two million people flocked to see movies in over 5000 cinemas at the end of the 1920s. Fritz Lang’s silent film "Metropolis", which cost millions, actually did poorly at the box office in Germany, but in other countries it became a classic. It continues to be celebrated as one of the most important works in film history, especially for its critique of technology and society in the genre of science fiction.