Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Date: November 17 at 8pm
Description: (Newly-Restored Expanded Version!)
The Cinefamily is proud to welcome METROPOLIS, one of the most important films in the history of cinema, back onto the Silent Movie Theatre, this time in its newly-restored 2 1/2 hour version! According to its original press release, Fritz Lang’s pioneering science-fiction epic had it all: “8 stars, 25,000 men, 11,000 women, 1,100 bald people, 250 children, 25 Negroes [sic], 3,500 pairs of special shoes, 50 cars.” And that doesn’t begin to describe the wonders of Lang’s Expressionist Tomorrowland! Powered by the unconscious energies boiling up from the Zeitgeist as his country lurched toward fascism, Lang’s titanic imagination produced indelible images that have lost none of their power to astonish — and, under his direction, the ravishing Brigitte Helm gives the iconic dual performances of a lifetime as gentle teacher Maria and the devastating Machine Man made in her image. This new, 145-minute version of the film, which owes its existence to the chance discovery of a 16mm dupe negative found in an Argentinean archive, is the result of two years’ worth of painstaking collaborative restoration on the part of several German film organizations; come and see this sci-fi trailblazer in a brand-new way, as it was originally intended, for the first time!
Dir. Fritz Lang, 1927, HDCAM, 145 min.
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