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Feb
10

A Science Fiction Classic Preserved

Fritz Lang’s complete version of Metropolis was screened at the Berlin Film Festival on February 12. The event marked the first time audiences saw Metropolis in its entirety since the premiere…83 years ago.

The film was a critical and financial disaster in 1927. Paramount decided it was best to cut an hour from the running time for American audiences. The cut scenes were supposed to be lost.

Film historians and fans all over got word that the missing footage of Metropolis was found in Buenos Aires in 2008. Roger Ebert called it “One of the the most important film archival discoveries in history.”

Metropolis will have a limited theatrical run in April and a dvd and blu-ray release is inevitable. Check out this link for more info.

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1 Response to “A Science Fiction Classic Preserved”


  1. February 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Oh yeah. Here’s a review from a test screening that I found after reading this post. Thanks a lot for making me remember one of science fiction’s finest pieces of art.

    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/43992


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