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The American artist Chris Burden thinks it’s time for an infrastructural revolution. For the past four years, he has worked to bring his vision to life, building an enormous model city of gleaming skyscrapers and futuristic highways. In Metropolis II, the filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost journey into Burden’s World of Tomorrow, exploring, up close, his vision of an automated urban landscape, and imagining a future full of endless possibilities.
Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Producer: Sara Wolitzky
The ancient world
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