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"Metropolis" Restored: A Brand New Classic at BPL

Dec 8, 2010 11:18 AM | 0 comments

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis endures as one of the most influential movies of all time. Since it was released in 1927, its styles, techniques and themes have influenced nearly every major film. No matter what your taste in movies, some of your favorites only exist because Metropolis existed first, including Doctor Strangelove, Star Wars, Hair, Risky Business, Titanic, Toy Story 2, The Matrix and Gladiator.


But, until last week, only a handful of people had ever seen more than two thirds of the movie. Immediately after the first screening, more than an hour of the film was cut and discarded so that theaters could fit in more shows per day. Most of the missing footage was considered lost forever, leaving only the disjointed skeleton of the movie for future generations.


Now that a nearly complete cut of the film was found in Argentina two years ago, BPL has a new edition on DVD that restores all but five minutes of the long-missing footage. For the first time, we can see this towering achievement the way it was meant to be seen.


You can pick it up at your local library or catch a few of the other reasons Fritz Lang is one of cinema’s most revered directors:


Die Nibelungen


The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

You Only Live Once

The Big Heat

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