Metropolis (1927)

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.

You don’t even want to watch this with commercials and if you have a Bluray player, it’s the way to go:

This is the link for the DVD. Search TCM for the Bluray if you have it. You really probably want to watch this film in HD. Don’t watch this. You might just want to stop in 20 minutes and consider you want the best video quality for this film. Buy the Bluray. Trust me. You want the first time you watch Metropolis to be on the best TV you can find, in HD if you have it. No kidding. This movie didn’t survive 90 years for nothing.

4 thoughts on “Metropolis (1927)”

  1. What a great movie! I have never been able to sit through a silent film, but this is an exceptional production. The set, the photography, the story, and emotion in every single muscle movement…WOW…thanks Kevin for posting nuggets like this, and a great big welcome back!..Sid

  2. I kinda feel the same way about silent films. This one is different. I can’t recommend this film enough. I think you could have made this one today and found an audience.

  3. What I think is odd about this movie is that it wasn’t a commercial success, but it’s retained a following for more than 80 years. I could take or leave silent films for the most part. You’ll notice they are a little underrepresented here. Two that stand out. This film and “The General” (also here).

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