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'''''Metropolis''''' is a 1927 silent German science fiction movie by Fritz Lang. The movie is legendary for its quality and striking special effects for its day. Many people consider it to be one of the greatest films ever made.
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''Metropolis'' is a 1927 silent German science fiction movie by Fritz Lang. The movie is legendary for its quality and striking special effects for its time, and is often considered one of the greatest films ever made.
  
After its Berlin premiere, the film was chopped down from its original 2 and a half hour running time to as short as an hour and half to appeal to an international audience. Many plot relevant scenes were cut, including several important characters. The plot for decades made little sense and film historians pushed hard to try to figure out the film's many mysteries.
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==Availability==
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After its Berlin premiere, '''the film was chopped down from its original two-and-a-half-hour running time to as short as an hour and a half to appeal to an international audience'''. Many plot-relevant scenes were cut, including several important characters.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20141016052747/http://www.fipresci.org/undercurrent/issue_0609/pena_metropolis.htm An archive of a fripesci article on the cutting of some scenes in ''Metropolis''.] Retrieved 10 Mar '18</ref> Due to this, the plot made little sense, and film historians pushed hard to try to figure out the film's many mysteries.
  
Then, in 2008, a miracle happened. A highly damaged copy was uncovered in Argentina from a film collector that somehow got a hold of a copy of the original 153-minute version. A few film historians from the area found it odd that the few times ''Metropolis'' was loaned to theaters by the collector, theater employees remember having to wait 2 and a half hours. Now it is known why, Argentinian film-goers for years got the opportunity to see the film in its entirety and didn't even know they were the few people for decades to have seen it. The film was badly damaged and transferred onto safety film since Nitrate film stock burns easily. The film quality had been reduced from 35mm to 16mm. One of the largest film restoration efforts in history took place to put the scenes back in their original place.
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===Discovery===
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In 2008, a highly damaged copy was uncovered in Argentina from a film collector that somehow got a hold of a copy of the original 153-minute cut.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20151005093216/http://www.kinolorber.com/metropolis/restoration.html Kino Lorber article on the discovery and restoration of ''Metropolis''.] Retrieved 10 Mar '18</ref><ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20151009203144/http://www.theguardian.com/film/2008/jul/04/features.sciencefictionandfantasy The Guardian article on the discovery of the lost scenes of ''Metropolis''.] Retrieved 10 Mar '18</ref> A few film historians from the area found it odd that the few times ''Metropolis'' was loaned to theaters by the collector, theater employees remember having to wait for 2 and a half hours.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20140624195628/http://www.zeit.de/online/2008/27/metropolis-vorab-englisch Zeit article on how the missing scenes of ''Metropolis'' were discovered.] Retrieved 10 Mar '18</ref> Now it is known why Argentinian film-goers for years got the opportunity to see the film in its entirety and didn't even know they were the few people for decades to have seen it. The film was badly damaged and transferred onto safety film since Nitrate film stock burns easily. This copy of the film also suffered a loss of quality due to being printed on 16mm positive stock; the original negatives were shot on 35mm film. One of the largest film restoration efforts in history took place to put the scenes back in their original place.
  
In 2010, Kino Films in cooperation with the F.W. Murnau Foundation showed the now-99-percent-complete version of the film to audiences around the world and put it on DVD. There are still 2 missing scenes of the film that were too heavily damaged for the restoration. These scenes are a monk preaching in a chapel and a fight between Rotwang and Fredersen. This is probably the most complete the film will ever be. There is also a highly rumored 3 and a half hour long "Director's Cut" of the film which reportedly existed before the Berlin premiere, but these claims have yet to be verified and are more than likely false. Another thing is that there are still scenes and shots of the film that are yet incomplete. Even the original title cards are missing. Hopefully, we will eventually see a complete cut of the film's premiere in the future.
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In 2010, Kino Films in cooperation with the F.W. Murnau Foundation showed the now-99-percent-complete version of the film to audiences around the world and put it on DVD.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20160216182103/http://www.filmcomment.com/article/a-tale-of-two-cities-metropolis-restored An archive of a filmcomment article on the restoration and release of ''Metropolis'' on DVD.] Retrieved 10 Mar '18</ref> There are still two missing scenes from the film that were too heavily damaged for the restoration. These scenes are a monk preaching in a chapel and a fight between Rotwang and Fredersen. This is probably the most complete the film will ever be. There is also a highly rumored three-and-a-half-hour long "Director's Cut" of the film which reportedly existed before the Berlin premiere, but these claims have yet to be verified and are more than likely false. Another thing is that there are still scenes and shots of the film that are yet incomplete. Even the original title cards are missing.
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Latest revision as of 16:17, 7 November 2020

MetropolisDeletedFootage-InfoboxPoster.jpg

Original poster of Metropolis.

Status: Partially Lost

Metropolis is a 1927 silent German science fiction movie by Fritz Lang. The movie is legendary for its quality and striking special effects for its time, and is often considered one of the greatest films ever made.

Availability[edit | edit source]

After its Berlin premiere, the film was chopped down from its original two-and-a-half-hour running time to as short as an hour and a half to appeal to an international audience. Many plot-relevant scenes were cut, including several important characters.[1] Due to this, the plot made little sense, and film historians pushed hard to try to figure out the film's many mysteries.

Discovery[edit | edit source]

In 2008, a highly damaged copy was uncovered in Argentina from a film collector that somehow got a hold of a copy of the original 153-minute cut.[2][3] A few film historians from the area found it odd that the few times Metropolis was loaned to theaters by the collector, theater employees remember having to wait for 2 and a half hours.[4] Now it is known why Argentinian film-goers for years got the opportunity to see the film in its entirety and didn't even know they were the few people for decades to have seen it. The film was badly damaged and transferred onto safety film since Nitrate film stock burns easily. This copy of the film also suffered a loss of quality due to being printed on 16mm positive stock; the original negatives were shot on 35mm film. One of the largest film restoration efforts in history took place to put the scenes back in their original place.

In 2010, Kino Films in cooperation with the F.W. Murnau Foundation showed the now-99-percent-complete version of the film to audiences around the world and put it on DVD.[5] There are still two missing scenes from the film that were too heavily damaged for the restoration. These scenes are a monk preaching in a chapel and a fight between Rotwang and Fredersen. This is probably the most complete the film will ever be. There is also a highly rumored three-and-a-half-hour long "Director's Cut" of the film which reportedly existed before the Berlin premiere, but these claims have yet to be verified and are more than likely false. Another thing is that there are still scenes and shots of the film that are yet incomplete. Even the original title cards are missing.

References[edit | edit source]