Metropolis [Reconstructed & Restored]






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        Metropolis
        A shot among the 25 minutes previously thought lost which has been integrated into the 2010 reconstruction and restoration.





        Metropolis

        A film by Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927
        Reconstructed & Restored 2010,
        150 minutes

        Available (22nd Nov. 2010): amazon.co.uk



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        Key Events In The Film’s History
        M E T R O P O L I S


      • 1927

        On January 10, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis premieres in Berlin in a 4189-metre version approved by the director. For the film’s 3100-metre USA release, on March 7, Paramount take the butcher’s knife to the original and remove a quarter, rewriting the film’s intertitles, and changing the characters’ names. Following Paramount’s lead, Ufa withdraws Metropolis and on August 26 re-releases it in a 3241-metre cut shorn of nearly a quarter of Lang’s original. Excised footage would remain lost to the world for more than 80 years.

      • 1969

        Using materials from the Staatliches Filmarchiv der DDR, a first attempt is made at restoring Metropolis, but after three years the results are limited.

      • 1984

        Giorgio Moroder releases a colourised version of the film featuring a new soundtrack that includes Bonnie Tyler, Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant, etc. Seen as sacrilegious by many and a camp, cult reworking by others.

      • 1987

        At the Deutsche Kinemathek in Munich, Germany, restoration efforts are made, but the film remains significantly shorter than the original release.

      • 2001

        A digital restoration of available materials is unveiled via the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung in Germany.

      • 2005

        A “study version” of Lang’s film is prepared, with notes where footage remains missing.

      • 2008

        A spectacular find at the Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where a dusty 16mm dupe negative with nearly 25 minutes of previously missing footage is discovered.

      • 2010

        An extended restoration, featuring the materials found in 2008, returns a cinema classic to virtually its original version – the “director’s cut” – immaculately reconstructed and restored.


      • Source: www.metropolis1927.com



        Metropolis



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        Key Features
        M E T R O P O L I S



      • A “Holy Grail” of film finds, reconstructed and restored with 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world
      • Newly found material returns the film to the original release version seen by German cinema-goers in early 1927
      • For the first time in 83 years, the film finally seen as the director intended

      • Official archival reconstruction and restoration by the highly respected
        Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung



      • One of the key works of master director Fritz Lang (M, Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse [The Testament of Dr. Mabuse], Die Nibelungen, The Big Heat, etc.)
      • Among the most iconic and influential films of all time, a cinema classic with a huge cult following
      • The mother of all sci-fi films and a major influence on Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), George Lucas (Star Wars), and pop culture in general (referenced by Madonna, Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe, and countless others)



      • First ever film to be included on the UNESCO Memory of the World “register” of essential cultural artifacts



      • New 2010 symphony orchestra recording of the original 1927 Gottfried Huppertz score
      • Immaculate image quality for 2K "digital cinema" screenings (*except where format isn't supported)
      • Newly translated English subtitles of the original German intertitles

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