Friday, August 8, 2008

One of the "holy grails" of film have been found

I am so in awe that I can barely type. I've always loved Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Its influence on science fiction, cinema, and our culture, just can't be overestimated. It just hasn't been seen intact since 1927. The first showings of Metropolis were a critical and financial disaster, so Paramount cut almost a quarter of the movie (including most of the plot). The removed original footage was assumed lost. Experts debated what was even on the footage until details about the German language cards were found in the mid-90s.

Yesterday, ZEITmagazin announced that that was wrong. A copy of almost the entire movie was found in Argentina. It's a second or third-generation copy, and damaged, but it can be viewed, and we can see the story. Even better, the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Foundation is dedicated to bring ing the new footage out to the public!

Time to break out my Kino copy of the last restoration, to tide me over until 2010 or whenever they get this version restored.

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