Film Language Tag: dissolve
An optical effect that briefly superimposes one shot over the next, which takes its place: one image fades out as another image fades in.
Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) confronts Red (Lupita Nyong'o) who has captured her son, Jason Wilson (Evan Alex). As Adelaide creeps up behind Red, weapon in hand, Red begins a monologue about her life as a tethered. The monologue is overlayed with images of Adelaide and Red as young girls. The twist that Adelaide was originally a tethered is revealed.
After meeting to discuss shared memories of alien abduction and violation, Brian (Brady Corbet) and Avalyn (Mary Lynn Rajskub) encounter a dead deer she says was experimented on by aliens and then left in the field near her home. When she presses Brian to insert his hand into an incision in the body, he experiences flashbacks of past alien abduction and violation -- with a young Neil (Chase Ellison) appearing in them alongside his own past self (George Webster)
On a walk shortly after meeting, Avalyn (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Brian (Brady Corbet) discuss the relationship between dreams and alien abduction. She shows him a scar on her leg she considers evidence of an alien tracking device, inviting him to touch it; he tells her about his history of nosebleeds after memory lapses.
Freder (Gustav Frohlich), son of the city master, watches as Maria (Brigitte Helm) brings a group of workers' children into the Eternal Gardens of Pleasure.
Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) rob a train but are ambushed by a group of men on horseback. They run away on horses of their own and make it to a town they think can help hide them. The group of men come through town looking for the two fugitives.
Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) presents the false Maria (Brigitte Helm) as Freder (Gustav Frohlich) is delirious and suffering from hallucinations.
In the last scene, Chiron, also known as Black,(Trevante Rhodes) drives Kevin (Andre Holland) back to his home and they have a heart to heart about Black's past, before cutting to them on the beach, and finally to Chiron as Little (Alex Hibbert) as the final shot.
Denis Archer (John Justin) and Margot Seaton (Dorothy Dandridge) discuss their relationship and plans for the future.
Joh Frederson (Alfred Abel), the master of Metropolis, meets with the inventor Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) who reveals his newest creation: a robot made in the likeness of their shared love, Hel.