Metropolis (1927) dir. Fritz Lang
In a futuristic world, where all but the wealthiest are turned into corporate drones, a savior figure seduces the king's son. Together they save the world. That's the plot. The visual narration of this silent film takes into a dreamscape that is so convincing that obvious inconsistencies don't mar the experience at all. The film has a largely mythic tone, which arises from references to Christian, Judaic, and classical myths. The pacing of the film is excellent, too, and the original score (on the DVD) works well.