It would be mean to begin a list of all the movies that owe Fritz Lang's 1927 depiction of industrial tyranny an artistic debt of giant proportions.
But here goes - Barbarella, Blade Runner, The Fifth Element, Brazil, Antz. Even the futuristic city of Star Wars - Episode II: Attack Of The Clones basically took Lang's template and coloured it in.
A new print brings to the screen what is claimed to be the version that premiered just over a quarter of the way into the last century.
Unfortunately, sizeable chunks are missing - 25% of the movie is believed to be irretrievably lost.
However, archives from New York to Moscow have been raided to put together the best version we can reasonably expect to see.
Regarded as probably the only silent movie to have significantly survived the test of time, many of Lang's ideas resonate today.
As well as being plundered by countless film directors, the look of Metropolis also appealed to despots - Hitler asked Lang to become a 'director' of the Third Reich. (He refused.)
Today the political ideology - "the mediator between brain and hand must be the heart" - can sound a touch naive.
However, the style, the design, the sheer flight of imagination that spawned the vast city still effortlessly impress.
The fashion sense hasn't worn so well - then, as now, Frohlich's eyeliner and his habit of tucking his trousers into his knee-length socks hasn't won him many admirers.
That piffling sartorial gripe aside, this powerful sci-fi classic occupies a place in cinema history most movies can only dream of.