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Author Topic: worldPremiere of the complete "Metropolis" at the Berlin Film Festival  (Read 1499 times)

prospero

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It's probably a little late to announce it, but next month, the all-new restoration of the (seemingly) complete version of Fritz Lang's Über-Sci-Fi "Metropils" (1927) is shown for the first time ever - simultaneously in Frankfurt (at the Opera House) and at the Berlin Film Festival.
In 2008, a badly damaged copy of what seems to be the original three-hour premiere-version of the movie was found in Buenos Aires. It includes some 30 minutes of material that was cut from the movie immediately after its premiere in 1927, and was assumed lost.
Thus, the movie went through another run of being re-cut and restored, and now it's finally being presented in its complete form (sort of) on 12th Feb 2010 at the Berlin Film Festival.
The Rundfunk-Sinfonie-orchestra Berlin will perform the movie's original soundtrack - sound good, doesn't it?
tickets can be ordered online here:
http://www.murnau-stiftung.de/de/00-00-00-willkommen.html
The ticket sale started last monday, so they might be sold out by now.
The whole thing will be broadcast live by arte.

I can't wait to see it...
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prospero

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.... and just in case anyone's planning to visit Berlin, the Berlin film museum is currently showing an exhibition dedicated to the new version of Metropolis:

"The Complete METROPOLIS

January 21 to April 25, 2010

In 2010, the original version of one of the most important works in film history will be shown in Berlin. It includes footage that was thought lost for decades. To mark the occasion, an exhibition will tell the story behind the artistic vision of METROPOLIS (Germany 1927, directed by Fritz Lang) and how this gigantic production was realized. Its spectacular mass scenes, futuristic set designs, and the image of the Machine Man have influenced science-fiction films and music videos to this day."

The museum is worth a visit anyway!
http://www.filmmuseum-berlin.de/
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