Film buffs, start your orgasms.
Wikipedia wrote:Metropolis was cut substantially after its German premiere, and much footage was lost over the passage of successive decades. There have been several efforts to restore it, as well as discoveries of previously lost footage. A 2001 reconstruction of Metropolis, shown at the Berlin Film Festival, was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in that same year. In 2008, a copy of the film 30 minutes longer than any other known surviving copy was located in Argentina. After a long period of restoration in Germany, the restored film was shown publicly for the first time simultaneously at Berlin and Frankfurt on February 12, 2010. (source)
The futuristic, dystopian film from 1927 has had a tumultuous history. Upon its initial foreign release it was heavily cut & edited to suit overseas markets, politics & distributors. For many decades that cut footage was thought lost, forever leaving the landmark film incomplete. But now, after the above mentioned Argentinian discovery in 2008 & extensive restorations, Kino International (the film's American distributor) is gearing up for a summer theatrical release with Blu-Ray & DVD editions to follow in November.
Starting this Friday, June 4th, Chicago's MusicBox Theatre is showing all 154 minutes of Metropolis. Gonna be there? Lemme know when. Otherwise, check the playdate & theater listings to see if it's coming to a city near you.
And remember, "The mediator between the head & the hands must be the heart!"
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