Thursday, 24 November 2011

Metropolis (1927)–2010 Re-mastered edition

Freder: It was their hands that built this city of ours, Father. But where do the hands belong in your scheme?

Joh Frederson: In their proper place, the depths.

I have always loved Metropolis in all its forms. This 1927 epic was originally heavily cut by the producers after bad reviews (the film was panned by H. G. Wells) and the original was long thought lost. Then a chance discovery lead to the amazing revelation that the virtually intact movie survived in a Buenos Aeries vault. Finally the original score and the heavily damaged film could be used to establish the correct cutting of the film and restore the lost scenes. Some footage still remains missing but this truly is as good as it gets.

I promise yu that you have seen something influenced by metropolis. Just as Jules Verne and H. G. Wells were the daddies of literary sci-fi this is the bedstone of cinematic scifi. You HAVE seen scenes or influences from this movie some of which are gathered HERE. The most well known are the Freddie Mercury clock and C3PO, but there are more. Bladerunners visual design owes a great debt to Metropolis and Madonnas Material Girl and Express Yourself videos take massive visual cues from Metropolis.

The restoration is astounding with the preserved foootage looking pin sharp and the discovered footage…not so. Heaven knows what the original looked like. Well actually rather bad, see the examples on the excellent MovieCensorship.com, one of which i link below…

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Here is an example of the general quality

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The extended cut really does add massively to the story with Josaphats and Georgies journeys making far more sense and Georgies final sacrifice being all the more poignant because of this. Running at over 3 hours although the film really does seem HUGELY overlong but I wouldn't know where to start cutting it.

Metropolis is the Daddy of Sci-Fi in cinema. This “complete” cut is a must have for any sci-fi aficionado.

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