Even many fans of the classic silent picture Metropolis do not realize the film was made coincident with the writing of a novel by Thea Von Habou. While Von Harbeau was writing the about a future where dehumanization is allegorically realized in the creation of android doppelgangers of human counterparts, her husband Fritz Lang was adapting her creation into what would become one of the most significant films of the silent era. Much like the similar story of the simultaneously creation of both prose and film versions of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the nature of the novel allows for expansion of the narrative to answer certain questions left open and more ambiguous on the screen.
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