BERLINALE will show restored “Metropolis”

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Fritz Lang´s silent movie is a timeless classic of cinema history. For the first time after its world premier in 1927, this movie will be shown in its complete version after the missing parts of the original were found in Buenos Aires in 2008. No matter what else is on the program, this will undoubtedly be the highlight of the 60th BERLINALE.

In 2001, a new 75th anniversary restoration, commissioned by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. This version, with a running time of 124 minutes, restored the original story line using stills and intertitles to bridge missing footage. It also added a soundtrack using the orchestral score originally composed by Gottfried Huppertz to go with the film. Now the missing footage is almost completely restored.

A gala performance on 12th February 2010 at the famous Friedrichstadtpalast will honour this masterpiece that inspired generations of filmmakers.

Daniel from Hamburg, Germany

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