German science-fiction drama film Metropolis (1927) by

Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen.

One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children who quickly disappear.

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Trying to follow her, he, oblivious to such, is horrified to find an underground world of workers, apparently who run the machinery which keeps the above ground Utopian world functioning.

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The workers were being mistreated working inside a monstrous machine, a hellish industrial complex where they must accomplish repetitive and dehumanizing tasks. 

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The machine is compared to Moloch, the ancient Semitic deity honored by human sacrifices.

Shocked at what he has seen he flees quickly and heads to the  

New Tower of Babel, the capital of Metropolis to see his father, Joh Fredersen, one of the few people above ground who knows about the world below

 and who is the founder and master of Metropolis.

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Joh Fredersen said to his son, “They are where they must be, they are what they must be”.

Freder becomes intent on helping the workers.“Father–!  Will ten hours never end–??!!”Freder befriends Maria the rebellious teacher but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict.

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