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Journey to Metropolis, The (Reise nach Metropolis, Die)

Journey to Metropolis, The
Scene from "The Journey to Metropolis" (photo © Transit Film GmbH)

METROPOLIS is probably the most important work in German film history. And it was the first film to be declared World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO.

In summer 2008, a 16 mm dupe negative of a near-complete version of the film turned up in the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires. A world-wide sensation, for the film had been cut and mutilated soon after its premiere. Not one of the 40 copies of the premiere version had survived. It became every ambitious film archivist’s self-imposed task to reconstruct the “original” of METROPOLIS. But what exactly is the original in this case, when there are three different negatives of METROPOLIS? After the complicated restoration by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation in 2001, certainly no one counted on the missing parts being found one day.

The film The Journey to Metropolis is set in locations including Berlin, Moscow, Buenos Aires and Paris. It depicts the genesis of the world-famous cinematic classic, but also the often complicated ways in which experts have attempted to complete it.


Artem Demenok was born in 1962 and studied at the Moscow film academy VGIK. Since 1990 he has been working in Germany as a film critic, historian and filmmaker. A selection of his films includes: Helden ohne Ruhm. Der 17. Juni 1953 (TV, 2003), Endstation Freiheit. Leben und Schreiben im heutigen Russland (TV, 2003), Was geschah wirklich am 20. Juli 1944? (TV, 2004), Welthauptstadt Germania (TV, 2005), Deutsche Lebenslaeufe: Fritz Lang (TV, 2007), Dem Panzerkreuzer Potemkin auf der Spur (TV, 2007), Die Gebrueder Grimm - Woertersammler (TV, 2009), and The Journey to Metropolis (Die Reise nach Metropolis, TV, 2010).
Genre Art, Educational, History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2010
Director Artem Demenok
Screenplay Artem Demenok
Cinematography Michael Boomers, Oleg Stinski
Michael Auer
Cast Enno Patalas, Wolfgang Klaue, Martin Koerber, Vladimir Dmitriev, Paula Félix-Didier, Fernando Peña, Frank Strobel, Fritz Lang
Producer Loy W. Arnold
Production Company Transit Film/Munich, in co-production with SWR, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation/Wiesbaden, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 70 min
Format color, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Moscow 2010

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