NEW COMPLETE PRINT WITH RESTORED FOOTAGE!
Friday December 3, 7:30pm
MICA Brown Center
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Regular admission: $15
Students: $5 (day of show only)
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“Considered the most expensive German f ilm of its day, METROPOLIS is celebrated as much for its spectacle as its story….This “Metropolis,” which will be accompanied by a live performance by the always compelling Alloy Orchestra, is 25 minutes longer than any version seen in more than 80 years. Because Lang’s picture is an icon of the silent era and the foundation stone of science-fiction cinema, this news has electrified fans and scholars of early film. Finding this new material was, as Glenn Erickson of the Web column DVD Savant put it, “akin to recovering lost books of The Bible.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times
MORE ABOUT THE FILM:
Seldom has the rediscovery of a cache of lost footage ignited widespread curiosity as did the announcement, in July 2008, that an essentially complete copy of Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS had been found. Now Baltimore audiences can see Lang’s masterpiece – with a live original score presented by festival favorites The Alloy Orchestra!
When METROPOLIS was first screened in Berlin on January 10, 1927, the sci-fi epic ran an estimated 153 minutes. After its premiere engagement, in an effort to maximize the film’s commercial potential, the film’s distributors drastically shortened METROPOLIS, which had been a major disappointment at the German box office. By the time it debuted in the states latter that year, the film ran approximately 90 minutes.
METROPOLIS went on to become one of the cornerstones of science-fiction cinema, foreshadowing BLADE RUNNER and THE MATRIX (to name just a few recent examples). Over the decades, audiences have clamored to see a complete version of this brilliant, landmark film. A 2001 restoration combined footage from four archives and ran at a triumphant 124 minutes. It was widely believed that this would be the most complete version of Lang’s film that contemporary audiences could ever hope to see.
But, in the summer of 2008, the curator of the Bunos Aires Museo del Cine discovered a 16mm dupe negative that was considerably longer than any existing print. It included not merely a few additional snippets, but 25 minutes of “lost” footage, about a fifth of the film, that had not been seen since its Berlin debut. That footage has been painstakingly restored, and now audiences can enjoy the most complete version of METROPOLIS since its premiere 80+ years ago.