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"METROPOLIS" (restored) movie in theaters - retooned
June 6th, 2010
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"METROPOLIS" (restored) movie in theaters
I'd like to recommend that you see the restored "Metropolis" silent movie from the 1920s. It  adds 'lost' scenes from a version found in a collector's film archive in Argentina.

It is one of the films that originated many of our science fiction icons and dream images. Large aerial vistas of the City of the Future. Utopian gardens and Distopian working conditions . Shuffling through the steam. The Mad Scientist's lab. With lightning! The robot brought to life. With Tesla lightning! Huge machines, out of control (with lightning!). Sci-Fi special effects! Moloch! Remote controlled doors! Robot hootchie-kootchie dancing! New Babylon! Catacombs! Old cathedrals! Epiphanies! Blackouts! Freakouts! Forrest J. Ackermann! Screaming runners down dark Metropolis streets! Howls! Ginsberg!

But I digress....

In Minneapolis, it is playing at the Lagoon theaters, in the Uptown neighborhood.

There is still one sequence missing, but the film is now nearly complete. It has been re-edited, so the film is close to the original release edit.  The missing scenes show more of the characters' motivations and fill-out the settings. The original orchestral score has been found and it was recorded for the soundtrack.

If you haven't seen the film before, a small warning.:The film does show us the time in which it was made. The acting uses 1920s stage conventions, and in many places is going to seem unsophisticated. It is very much a 'message' film, embracing religion & class politics, and the 1920s culture of Germany & Europe.

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Date:June 7th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)

Forrest J. Ackermann!

It's on my *must* list for this week here in Chicago, too.
But it's funny you mention Forry. After Aussiecon 1, there were remarkable parties in Melbourne for the next week. I was fortunate enough to be along for the showing by an intense movie nut of his finest for Forry. Like, on a 1925 Edison projector retrofitted for sound.
He had (iirc) the original first-run master of Metropolis sent to Australia by Fritz Lang. Since each master was cut a little differently, it had a couple of bits Forry had never seen . . .
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Date:June 8th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
I've it before, but just the truncated version everyone else has. Definitely hoping it makes it to a theatre here.
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Date:October 12th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yes. That was an 'exotic' dancing show. 8) It must have been to prove she was Real, and not a Robot! 8)
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