Incorporating more than 25 minutes of recently discovered footage, the 2010 restoration of METROPOLIS is the definitive edition of Fritz Lang's science fiction masterpiece. Like puzzle pieces, these scenes and subplots, long thought lost, help to complete the picture of the dizzyingly intricate plot. In a fabulous city of the future, penthouse-dwelling capitalist bureaucrats hold sway over a subterranean working class, but a prophet from the masses foresees the coming of a new world order. Inspired by New York's skyscrapers, the production design exaggerates verticality, using modernist architecture to reinforce the extreme separation of the classes. "One of the most celebrated movies in cinema history...For the first time, Lang's vision...which has influenced contemporary films like BLADE RUNNER and STAR WARS, seems complete." – The New York Times. DIR/SCR Fritz Lang; SCR Thea von Harbou, from her novel; PROD Erich Pommer. Germany, 1927, b&w, 148 min. Silent with English intertitles. NOT RATED
Restoration carried out by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden, jointly with Deutsche Kinemathek — Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, in cooperation with Museo del Cine Pablo C. Ducrós Hicken, Buenos Aires.
Tickets $20/$18 AFI Members
No AFI Member passes accepted.
Co-presented by the Art Deco Society of Washington
About the Anvil Orchestra
The Anvil Orchestra consists of Roger C. Miller and Terry Donahue of the Alloy Orchestra, who are joined by Boston drumming legend Larry Dersch. The Anvil Orchestra will continue the tradition of writing and performing original scores for silent films. theanvilorchestra.com
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