Metropolis Reconstructed and Restored [DVD]

  • Directed by Fritz Lang
  • DVD
  • Madman
  • 15/06/2011
  • ISBN: MMA8840 932225089563

RRP: $24.95 (Inc. GST)


Prescribed Text for HSC 2019-2023 – English Extension 1 Elective 2: Worlds of upheaval

It is the future, and humans are divided into two groups: the thinkers, who make plans (but don’t know how anything works), and the workers, who achieve goals (but don’t have the vision). Completely separate, neither group is complete, but together they make a whole. One man from the “thinkers” dares visit the underground where the workers toil, and is astonished by what he sees…

A film by Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis is perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films-the inspiration for science fiction epics from Star Wars to The Matrix to name just two. However the Metropolis we have seen until now has been incomplete-the product of desperate distributors and overzealous editors in the 1920s. For years, it was believed that the Lang’s original 2½ hour cut had been lost to time. Until 2008, when a cache of film was discovered at Buenos Aires’ Museo del Cine in Argentina.

More than 25 minutes of new’ footage has now been painstakingly restored. Accompanied by a new recording of Gottfried Huppetz’ original score, Metropolis is the crowning achievement of German Expressionist cinema. 84 years after its first release, Lang’s vision of a dystopian future-where the rich live in splendid luxury, while a literal underclass toil in a vast subterranean workshop-can be seen as the director originally intended.

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