Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece Metropolis is perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films-the inspiration for science fiction epics from Star Wars to The Matrix to name just two. However the Metropolis we have seen until now has been incomplete-the product of desperate distributors and overzealous editors in the 1920s. For years, it was believed that the Lang's original 2½ hour cut had been lost to time. Until 2008, when a cache of film was discovered at Buenos Aires' Museo del Cine in Argentina. More than 25 minutes of new' footage has now been painstakingly restored. Accompanied by a new recording of Gottfried Huppetz' original score, Metropolis is the crowning achievement of German Expressionist cinema. 84 years after its first release, Lang's vision of a dystopian future-where the rich live in splendid luxury, while a literal underclass toil in a vast subterranean workshop-can be seen as the director originally intended.
"Immense, ambitious, enormously influential... surrounded by myths, misconceptions and hype, it's also an enigma of a movie."THE AGE - 4 STARS
"...the blueprint film for sci-fi spectaculars... Lang's monumental allegory of the mass-industrial age, [is] freshly forged in incandescent expressionist imagery."GUARDIAN
"What an exalting symphony of movement! How the machines sing in the midst of wonderful transparencies, crowned by triumphal arches of electrical discharge! All the crystal in the world is romantically shattered into reflections that come to dwell on the modern canon of the screen. Each powerful flash of steel, the rhythmic succession of wheels, pistons, unknown mechanical forms, is a marvellous ode, a new poetry to our eyes."LUIS BUÑUEL