Chances are you’ve only seen Metropolis in chewed up public domain film house copies. This restoration is still missing some of the film, but is as close to the original as has existed in at least 50 years. Metropolis is no longer in the public domain having it’s copyright restored by GATT. This restoration is beautiful. You might forget you’re watching a film that’s 85 years old.
Incorporating more than 25 minutes of newly discovered footage, this 2010 restoration of METROPOLIS is the definitive edition of Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece. Backed by a new recording of Gottfried Huppertz’s 1927 score, the film’s dazzling visual design and special effects are more striking than ever. And the integration of scenes and subplots long considered lost endows METROPOLIS with even greater tension and emotional resonance, as it dramatizes the conflict between wealthy über-capitalists and rebellious subterranean laborers-orchestrated by a diabolical scientist capable of destroying them both.