The Occult Symbolism of Movie “Metropolis” and its Importance in Pop Culture

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Fritz Lang’s 1927 movie “Metropolis” is one of those timeless classics that withstand the test of time. Rather than becoming forgotten and obsolete, “Metropolis” is increasingly relevant as many of its predictions are becoming reality. We will look at the  underlying occult message of the film and the usage of its imagery in the acts of  pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce, Kylie Minogue and others.


Metropolis is a silent science-fiction movie released in 1927 by Fritz Lang, a master of German Expressionism. Set in a futuristic dystopia divided into two distinct and separate classes—the thinkers and the workers—Metropolis describes the struggles between the two opposite entities. Knowing that it was produced in 1927, viewing this movie today is quite an experience as many “sci-fi” aspects of the plot are eerily close to reality. Metropolis describes a society where the “New World Order” has already taken been implemented and a select elite live in luxury while a dehumanized mass work and live in a highly monitored hell.

As we have seen in previous articles on The Vigilant Citizen, Metropolis is excessively echoed in popular culture, especially in the music business. Whether it be in music videos or photo shoots, pop stars are often portrayed as the character Maria, an android programmed to corrupt the morals of the workers and to incite a revolt, giving the elite an excuse to use violence repression. Are pop stars used by the elite in the same matter, to corrode the morals of the masses?

Movie Analysis

The Workers

The workers at shift change.

The movie opens by showing the workers and their city, situated deep below the earth’s surface. They are shown dressed alike, walking in sync, holding their heads down in submission, resignation and desperation. Throughout the movie, the human cattle is depicted as being physically and mentally exhausted, highly impressionable and, let’s say it, all-around dumb. Like a flock of sheep, the workers move in crowds, are very impressionable and can easily be deceived. This description of the masses corroborates those of Walter Lippmann, an American thinker who, five years earlier in Public Opinion, compared the general public to a “bewildered herd” that is not qualified to manage its own destiny. Joseph Goebbels, the head of propaganda of the Nazi regime, was also in accord with the movie’s conception of the general public. Hitler famously said “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think”.

The workers labor in a monstrous machine, a hellish industrial complex where they must accomplish repetitive and dehumanizing tasks. At one point, the machine is compared to Moloch, the ancient Semitic deity honored by human sacrifices.

In one of his visions, Fredersen sees the Machine turning into Moloch. The workers are fed to the beast as human sacrifices.
Moloch the God Baal, the Bull of the Sun, was widely worshipped in the ancient Near East and wherever Carthaginian culture extended. Baal Moloch was conceived under the form of a calf or an ox or depicted as a man with the head of a bull. The sacrifices went through the “belly of the beast”.

The tasks assumed by the workers are purely mechanical, needing absolutely no brain power, making them nothing more than an extension of the machine.

The workers accomplish repetitive, mind-numbing tasks, stripping them of their humanity.

The Thinkers

The gleaming city of the Thinkers

If the workers live in a hellish underground dystopia, the thinkers conversely evolve in a gleaming utopia, a magnificent testimony of human achievement. This shiny city could not, however, be sustained without the existence of the Machine (Moloch) and its herds of workers. On the other hand, the Machine would not exist without the need to sustain a city. We find here a dualistic relation where two opposite entities exist in mutual dependence, a concept that has deep occult resonance.

In a thinly veiled reference to the hermetic axiom “As Above, So Below”, the movie describes the mirroring yet opposite environments in which in the thinkers and the workers live in.
The hermetic Seal of Salomon visually depicts the concept of “As above, So below” while representing opposites energies mirroring each other to achieve perfect balance. Fritz Lang’s world perfectly recreates this concept.

Joh Fredersen, the Demi-God

The city was founded, built and is run by the autocratic Joh Fredersen. As the creator and only ruler of Metropolis, Fredersen is likened to the Gnostic demiurge, a demi-god who is creator and ruler of the material world.

Joh Federsen, plotting his next move. He is holding a compass, reminding viewers of his role as the “great architect” of Metropolis.
William Blake’s representation of the gnostic demiurge, creator and ruler of the imperfect lower plane, where sin and suffering prevails. The compass borrows from Masonic symbolism for God as the “Great Architect of the Universe”.

Joh’s son, named Freder, who, like all sons of managers, was enjoying a life of luxury, discovers the harsh reality of the workers of down under. Wanting to experience the worker’s reality first-hand, Freder descends to the lower level and trades places with a worker. Freder therefore becomes a Christ-like figure, a savior who descends from above. He also becomes enamoured with Maria, a saintly young women from the proletariat.

Maria

Maria, preaching to the workers.

Maria is a charismatic woman that is highly admired by her fellow workers. Understanding their suffering and despair, and knowing that a revolt is brewing, Maria preaches peace and patience, prophesying the coming of a “mediator”, who would become the “heart between the head (the thinkers) and the hand (the workers)

At one point, Maria tells the story of the tower of Babel, upon which would be written:

“Great is the world and its Creator! And great is Man!”

This statement has a deep resonance in Mystery Schools as it is taught that men have the potential to become gods through enlightenment. Throughout the ages, monuments and architecture were used to communicate the principles of the Mysteries and to celebrate the greatness of the human mind. Partially for those reasons, there are numerous links between Freemasonry and the Tower of Babel.

“As regards to Masonry, Babel of course represented a Masonic enterprise and early expositors reaped full benefit from the facts. They remembered that the people, who were of ‘one language and one speech’ journeyed from the East to the West, like those who have been tried and proved as Master Masons. When they reached an abiding place in the land Shinar, it is affirmed that they dwelt therein as Noachide, being the first characteristic name of Masons. It was here that they built their high tower of confusion. Out of evil comes good, however, and the confusion of tongues gave rise to ‘the ancient practice of Masons conversing without the use of speech.'”
-Arthur Edward Waite, A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and of Cognate Instituted Mysteries: Their Rites, Literature and History, Volume I

“In several early Masonic manuscripts – for example, the Harleian, Sloane, Lansdowne, and Edinburgh-Kilwinning – it is stated that the craft of initiated builders existed before the Deluge, and that its members were employed in the building of the Tower of Babel.”
– Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

“… at the making of the Tower of Babel there was Masonry first much esteemed of, and Nimrod was a Mason himself and loved well Masons.”
– John T Lawrence, The Perfect Ashlar

However, says Maria, “one man’s hymns of praise became the other man’s curse”. In other words, the monument praising the greatness of the human spirit was built with the blood and sweat of workers who knew nothing of the Thinker’s grand vision. And, in the film, the same thing is happening all over again. The name of the demi-god Joh Fredersen’s headquarters? Of course … The New Tower of Babel.

Joh Ferdersen’s headquarters named the New Tower of Babel.

Rotwang

Rotwang with his trademark mechanical right hand, which replaces the one he lost during one of his experiments. Is this a symbol signifying that the inventor embraces the “left-handed path”?

Upon learning that the workers are planning an uprising, Joh Federsen seeks the advice of Rotwang, an inventor and mad scientist. Although his work utilizes the latest of technologies, many clues within the movie indicate that he also taps into ancient occult knowledge to create his inventions. He is said to live in “a small house overlooked by the centuries,” symbolically meaning that the scientist’s arcana descended from ancient occult traditions; the basement of his house has a secret trap door leading to 2,000 year-old catacombs, further alluding to the ancient and mysterious sources of Rotwang. Furthermore, the front door of his house bears a pentagram, which refers to the Pythagoreans, occultism and Freemasonry.

A pentagram on Rotwang’s door. Disciples of Pythagoras affixed a pentagram on their door as a secret sign of mutual recognition. The sign and its meaning could remain secret despite that public display because only those initiated into the mysteries of Pythagoras’ geometry were able to draw it correctly and to appreciate its deep significance as a symbol for and gateway to those mysteries.

If we were to do real-life comparisons, Rotwang is to Joh Fredersen what John Dee was to Queen Elizabeth I: an esteemed advisor immersed in the worlds of science, magic, astrology and Hermetic philosophy. If Fredersen represents our world’s rulers, Rotwang is the occult pendant of decision-making, the mystical entity that is hidden from the public but always historically present.

The inventor proudly presents to Fredersen his latest invention, the Machine-Man, which he considers to be the “Man of the Future”. The android has the faculty of taking the form of any person and, says Rotwang, “no one will be able to tell a Machine Man from a mortal!”. The transhumanist dream was already present back in the early 1920s.

Fredersen then tells Rotwang to give the Machine-Man the likeness of Maria in order to use her credibility and charisma to spread corruption among the workers.

Maria laying down while Rotwang gives her likeness to the android. Notice the inverted pentagram right above the Machine-Man’s head. If the upright pentagram represents healing, mathematical perfection and the five elements, the inverted pentagram stands for the corruption of those principles and black magic.

So what do today’s pop stars have in common with this android, programmed by the rulers, with a mix of science and occultism? Well … everything.

Beyonce
Kylie Minogue
Lady Gaga in Paparazzi video
Lady Gaga in Dave Lachapelle photo shoot that is heavily inspired by Metropolis.
Freddie Mercury from Queen with his face instead of Maria’s in Radio Gaga. Lady Gaga’s name was inspired by this song and video, which contains a lot of footage from Metropolis.
Janelle Monae
Metropolis themes are also very prevalent in fashion

Back to the movie. The android completed, Rotwang tells it:

“I want you to visit those in the depths, in order to destroy the work of the woman in whose image you were created!”

Robot-maria responds:

One eye closed with devilish grin. You probably know the importance of the single eye from previous articles and the ridiculous amount of pop artists who flash it.

The Maria android is then sent to Yoshiwara, a man’s club, where she performs erotic dances. In one of her acts, she is portrayed as Babylon, the Great Harlot from the Apocalypse.

Playing the role of the Great Harlot Babylon of the Book of Revelation. “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, having a golden cup in her hand”. She is held up by the seven deadly sins.

Do this scene remind you of a classic music video?

Madonna – Material Girl. How many realized that she was playing the role of Babylon here?

The programmed Maria performs mesmerizing dances in front of an avid public, causing men to fight, to lust, to be jealous and to commit the rest of the deadly sins. When she’s with her fellow workers,  Maria acts as an “agent-provocateur”, inciting the working men to riot and giving Joh Fredersen reason to use force against them. She is basically acting against the best interest of the public and for the interest of the elite.

With the help of their foreman (because they can’t really think for themselves), the workers ultimately realize that they have been mislead by the android. Believing that she’s a witch, they find robot-Maria and burn her at the stake.

A bunch of things happen after that, but I won’t spoil the ending for you (though can you really be mad at someone for spoiling the ending of a 83-year old movie?). The movie finishes with this caption:

This “moral of the story” is basically a message to the elite, a tip to keep the masses in check: in order to keep the oppressed content, you must capture their heart. That is what the media accomplish.

Which is kind of reminiscent of this music video ending:

Madonna’s Express Yourself video heavily borrowed its imagery from Metropolis. In turn, Christina Aguilera’s Not Myself Tonight, heavily borrowed from Express Yourself.

The Moral of the Story

The moral of the story of Metropolis is not “let’s abolish all inequities and rebuild a world where everyone is equal” and it is certainly not “let’s be democratic and vote for who we want as a ruler.” It is more “let’s send the workers back to the depths where they belong, but with the addition of a mediator, who will be the link between the workers and the thinkers”. So, when all is said and done, the movie is intrinsically “elitist,” as it still calls for the existence of an elite group of people holding most of the resources and managing a working class. In the end, the workers – and Freder – were duped, believing that their conditions would change. In fact, the status-quo remained and Joh even got his naive son to give the elite a friendly image while reporting everything happening in the depths, resulting in tighter surveillance and control.

Who is the Freder of today’s working class? The media. Media is the mediator. That is its function.

Fredersen, the link between “the hand and the head”, the Workers and the Thinkers. This role is played today by the media.

Mass media manipulate the masses’ thoughts and feelings on a daily basis, tricking them into loving their oppression. Popular culture is the entertainment branch of mass media and pop music is the fun way to communicate the elite’s message to the youth. References to Metropolis in pop music are almost winks to those in the know, the initiates, as if to say “this star is working for us”. So go ahead and be an ignorant, degenerate and materialistic person, like in the videos … that’s what they want you to be.

Analogies Between Metropolis and Today’s Pop Culture

But why Metropolis? Why has it become the code for “Illuminati star”? If you’ve read other articles on this site, you’ve probably realized that the movie touches upon all of the themes of today’s “Illuminati agenda”: transhumanism, mind control, dark occultism, degradation of morals, police state, all-seeing government. Metropolis is basically a blueprint for population control. Like Maria, today’s pop stars are recruited from the working class and literally programmed and reinvented to become the hidden ruler’s spokespersons. Notice how many pop stars have wild alter-egos, with a different name and personality. Part of the stars’ role is to promote the elite’s agenda through music and videos, making it sexy and attractive.

 

In Conclusion

Metropolis is a definitely a movie “by the elite, for the elite”. It tackles the concerns of those managing the world and presents a solution that does not disturb the status-quo. The movie is also permeated with Masonic symbolism and contains many symbols referring to ancient Mysteries which were meant to be decoded by proper initiates. In other words, the movie was primarily aimed at the ruling class.

So why do singers love it so much? Well they probably don’t love it as much as those behinds the scenes, the directors and image-makers, those who have power in the music business. They decide what the stars do and stand for. And today’s popular culture is elitist, permeated with Illuminati symbolism and promotes moral degradation and the debasement of traditional values. Our pop stars channel Maria, the programmed android, through their acts and accomplish the same functions. Why else would they dress like her? If artists always embodied absolute freedom and creativity, why do singers play the role of a mind-controlled android? Because that’s what they are.

Metropolis is indeed a great movie. So great that it is only becoming relevant 80 years after its release. But if the elite have it their way, it will be even more relevant in the years to come.

 

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How can you not see that, despite the apparent 'elitist' tone of the film, it is a dystopia so you can't rule out the idea that it is supposed to criticise the attitude it expresses. The dehumanisation of the masses is being criticised not promoted. Saying that it encourages an elitist attitude is like saying Orwell's 1984 is encouraging totalitarianism. jeez.

It can be seen as a warning, to a degree. However, VC pointed out that ending ‘moral’ of “The mediator between head and hand must be the heart”. This ending is nefarious because there’s no reason it would appear if the movie was intended as a warning. Instead, it reads more like ‘this is a manual on how to create an oppressive police state without the masses noticing’. Now, I haven’t watched the movie so I can’t place it into context. But my guess is VC isn’t reading too much into things in this case. The Illuminati were around in the ’20s so it doesn’t seem unreasonable this could be a movie ‘by the elite, for the elite’. At any rate, what matters is that this exact scheme portrayed by the movie IS being realized in society. You’d have to be an idiot to not see that there’s something wrong… Read more »

its mockery. you would have to be at the top to even make the movie.

Christianity is in a big state of confusion and a mess and that is coming from a Christian of more than a decade!

Easter is a Pagan celebration; so is Christmas; so is Worshiping on a Sunday (worship of the Sun); so is a lot of other things.

But if you even dare to say that those celebrations are wrong you'll get shot down, crucified and persecuted by other Christians. It's happened (happens) to my dad a lot (He firmly believes that worshiping on a Sunday is wrong). Even my mother will shoot my dad if he even so mentions Sunday worship might not be right!

Omg !! Finally somebody mentioned this !! I found out this information before also and I was appalled…. I’m really starting to hate being in America right now. I want to mention it to my peers but I’m afraid they may not listen to me… I don’t know what to do

I've first started to pay attention in the occult symbolism in many artist's videos, after reading your articles. At first i was shocked, but now i can see those symbolisms and realize that they are really trying to brainwash us…

Here in Greece lots of young people adore singers like Beyonce and Gaga…but we already have our own singers-puppets…Watch this video and you'll figure out one of the most commonly used agenda..transhumanism…There are lot's of Marias out there…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ongNYf90zrY

Excellent work as always. However this article doesn't compare the recovered Metropolis footage with the original – which itself was heavily edited down from a very long version. I did a post awhile ago -plug 🙂
http://hongpong.com/archives/2010/03/11/restored-
The lost footage was found in Argentina some years ago and released finally a few months ago. The most strikingly esoteric image is a giant god-head called 'Hel' which is Fredersen's late wife – Fredersen and Rotwang have a rivalry over her and they argue at her giant statute. Rotwang calls for the Apocalypse in front of Robot Maria and later a priest speaks of the apocalypse coming.

There is a creepy henchman and an entire subplot to catching the worker Freder swaps with. There is more imagery of hedonism (babylon scene) as well, and even a carphone for the henchman!

My take on "The mediator between the head and hands must be the heart" is this:

The Head= ideas

The Hands= actions

So, we cannot act on everything the Head dreams up, without first consulting The Heart to ensure that this idea has mankind's best interest in mind.

Before acting on anything the Head dreams up, we need to check our intentions and ensure that we are acting in accordance with what we know to be right or wrong.

You just read an entire article about a movie where there are very clearly to classes of society – Thinkers and Workers, Elite and Masses. Now you wish to ignore VC’s completely obvious conclusion that ‘head’ and ‘hands’ refer to exactly these concepts, with ‘heart’ being the media and general opinion-forming, and instead run with some random conclusion that ‘we must consider our actions’? Yeah, OK.

I remember sitting through the waste of time which was “The Bodyguard”, and the main thing that captured my interest was the “Metropolis” theme to the singer’s tour; (“Hey, that’s Maria the Robot! Cool!”) How was I to know there was more to it than an attempt at the singer to stay relevant by adding a early sci-fi film motif to her tour?

Seeing what happened to Whitney, her daughter, and remembering the Maria replica and fashions of the film all make for a scary revelation.

Loved this article. loved the film as well. I would point out that Madonna's "material girl" video was derived from Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds are a girls best friend" act. of course that may as well be a head nod to metropolis.

lady gaga's new video might as well just BE this film. woah

Christianity was invented to remove spiritual and occult knowledge (the powers of the mind) from the populace and place this power in the hands of a "chosen" few to the detriment of all humanity. The powers of the mind and soul are very real. People who are unaware of or who do not believe in these powers are easy to control and manipulate by those who are skilled in using these energies.

See http://www.exposingchristianity.com

And yet the very first ones to warn against the NWO were Christians and Christians hold an almost total monopoly when it comes to all the significant research and exposure of the NWO…how come?

Your David Icke´s are very very late in the game…Christians have been doing it for over 2 centuries…

What an awesome article.

Brillian job, VC. Thank you.

Still one of your best articles! I see references to this film nonstop now! 🙂 Thanks VC!!

Makes me wonder what the 'missing' footage contained.

you really know what you're talking about

Adding another HUGE, name to the list of pop stars who have played 'Ivy the Robot' (I think that's tight): Whitney Elizabeth Houston. Watch The Bodyguard (1992) in which she plays Rachel Marron. In the first 10 minutes of the movie, Frank Farmer walks through her house and passes a full-size replica of the robot on his way to her rehearsal space. A little later on, her costuming assistant shows Rachel the headpiece, and again, it looks like the android's gear. So does the outfit being fitted onto her body double. Later in the movie Rachel performs at a club. I think it's Club Mayan (Pyramids. Hello!) During Rachel's performance, snippets of "Metropolis" are shown on the TV screens behind her. It is unmistakable. As Rachel prepares to sing, watch the scene closely. The movie quickly cuts to the mad scientist (in Metropolis) pulling the lever to "activate" the android.… Read more »
Dear VC It seems to me that you have omitted or maybe misunderstood a rather important part of the plot; – When Joh Fredersen commands Rotwang to turn Maria into an android, it is with the intention of starting a conflict between her captivated fellow workers and herself. But Rotwang (unlike what you've posted in this article) has his own motives and tells her to destroy Metropolis and kill Joh´s son – Freder. So he only pretends to obey Joh´s vision. He doesn't care about corrupting the minds of the workers and their "supervisor" (Maria) as far as I've understood. For him it's about revenge over his biggest love (Hel that is) who chose Joh over him because of his leadership and wealth. So this "Hel" also has somewhat of an important role in the plot which gives the movie a twist that doesn't really fit with the direction of… Read more »

hie all….. just a thought…. all religion is here becoz it is our guidance… however to choose the right religion is the hard part… everybody will say their religion is true, right, etc… look into ueself and belief one thing…. if the new bible is the true word of God, then why there are too many versions of bible contradicted with each other??? how could there are so many versions of the bible across the world?? Im just saying, like the Quran, for instance, all the words, the meanings are all the same everywhere across the world…. so, what does it mean??? I am not condeming anybody.. just a thought that pass my mind….

the bible is used to keep the workers working, to provide hope is to ensure people do not rebel

There’s many versions of the bible, like there’s so many different “christian” religions. It’s because satan is here on this earth, and wants it that way. Apparantly he has you confused, along with everyone else who asks that same question. He doesn’t want anyone to come to God, so he makes everything confusing, but for true christians, we know what he’s doing, and we’re too smart for him. We stay with one religion, christianity, and one bible, the King James Version. As for him being on this earth, there are many verses where we are told this: Here are a few: Revelation 12:9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole WORLD; he was cast to the EARTH, and his angels were cast out with him. And this one: 2 Corinthians 4:4, The “god of this world” has… Read more »

An unbiased non-muslim even called what you have said about Quran as "Consistency". i am just speaking my mind and trying to provide and answer.

You guys really make me want to punch myself in the face. I mean really. You managed to make an entire culture out of misconceptions and blatant twists of speech and images. I've read into all of this stuff, negatives and positives. You all had me before I actually had the chance to pick up a few books.

Hey VC Another great article and actually where I started all of my personal inquiries into the occult and the music industry's deep connection hereto. I would like to offer you (and your readers by extension) the video series that does a fair job of connecting Metropolis with the "Illuminated" music 'artists'. It can be found by googling "The Industry" or the "Beyonce Madonna Ritual". http://theindustryexposed.com/index.php?option=co… Also, to add to your article another two prominent throwbacks to Metropolis that is hidden in plain site is… "Queen of the Night" with Whitney Houston shows many images from the movie, even starting with her traveling through a room with two pillars and gears in the background all too similar to the ones used in Metropolis. Plus she has an odd helmet (silver?) on Whitney's head. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ8lto5ljhQ The beginning of every movie of the production studio LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT has the same moving… Read more »

I wish to read the original written form of the film and in original language and then translated so that may define my own observation as to what we were meant to understand as an audience seeking a message or hidden meaning behind the film and its stories’ purpose and what it may be portraying and or referring to or in reference of….

Moloch Maschine used by Jimmy Comet in PizzaGate

He said Wang huh huh huh huh huh

You have largely re-appropriated the intended meaning of this film for your own purposes. Your interpretation may be aligned with the warped attitude of modern day Hollywood towards this film, but you are forgetting that creative circles were not as thoroughly debased in 1927 as they are now, and that this with its undeniably positive ending is in the tradition of the true meaning of the mysteries.

If VC is just twisting the meaning of the film to prove his conspiracy theories, why are there so many modern references to it? 99.9% of the people watching Lady Gaga, Beyonce or another of these horrendous ‘stars’ have no clue about the existence of the movie Metropolis or its concepts (I doubt Gaga/Beyonce does, either). Isn’t it very odd that these producers feel the need to reference an old movie that means nothing to all the people who will watch this? What is the purpose if not some elitist ‘we know better’ attitude? Consider what it is the modern audience is being presented with. Is it the ‘positive ending’, as you claim? No. It’s Android-Maria, the wolf in sheep clothing, that’s being repeated over and over. And it’s the W***e of Babylon. And the one-eye sign. That one-eye sign, in a 1920 movie! What could possibly be the purpose… Read more »

I decided to look for the movie on Netflix and watch what the stars emulate, and why. For being made in early 1900s, it is a really good movie. One could definitely see the symbolism throughout. It seems the real Maria was prophesying of a mediator whilst.standing among several crosses behind her. I took that as the "mediator" rep Jesus. What lends to that is The robotic Maria convinced the workers that the mediator isn't coming to save them and they need to rise up againot the elites. I disagree with you that mediator meant media in this context.

Bravo!

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