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METROPOLIS

METROPOLIS
Scene from METROPOLIS (photo © Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung/Museo del Cine Pablo C. Ducros Hicken)

METROPOLIS returns to cinema screens in the original, 1927 version, believed lost for decades but now almost entirely reconstructed. The myth of Fritz Lang’s silent film classic lies in its opulent, visionary staging and a long-enduring story as film material that became cinematic history in which its tradition and restoration have played an intrinsic part. The 2001 version was adopted into the world documentary archive “Memory of the World” by the UNESCO. The sensational find in Buenos Aires in 2008 means that it has now been possible to re-insert almost all the previously missing takes and sequences into the film – about 30 minutes running time that was only available previously on censorship cards and in individual stills in the past.

The fully restored version of 2010 can be experienced together with the new edition of the film music based on the original score by Gottfried Huppertz.


Fritz Lang was born in 1890 in Vienna and dies in 1976 in Beverly Hills. He celebrated his first success during the Weimar Republic, reacting to the massive political and social changes of the time and integrating them into his work. He left Germany in 1933, emigrating via France to the United States. His best known films from his work in Germany include: SPIDERS (1919), THE PLAGUE IN FLORENCE (1919), MADAME BUTTERFLY (1919), THE WANDERING IMAGE (1920), KÄMPFENDE HERZEN (1920/21), DESTINY (1921), DAS INDISCHE GRABMAL (1921), DIE NIBELUNGEN (1922-1924), METROPOLIS (1927), THE SPY (1928), WOMAN IN THE MOON (1929), M - A TOWN IS LOOKING FOR A MURDERER (1931), THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (1933), and many more.
Genre Art, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Category Feature, Silent
Year of Production 1927
Director Fritz Lang
Screenplay Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang
Cinematography Günther Rittau, Karl Freund
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Frank Strobel
Gottfried Huppertz
Karl Vollbrecht, Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut
Cast Heinrich George, Erwin Biswanger, Fritz Rasp, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Brigitte Helm
Production Company Ufa/Berlin
Length 145 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 silent with German intertitles
Intertitled Versions English, French, Italian, Spanish
Festivals Berlin 2001, Berlin 2010 (Berlinale Special), CPH:PIX Copenhagen 2010, Sitges 2010, BAFICI 2011, Shanghai 2011, Ghent 2011, Sofia 2012, Reykjavik 2012, Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014, Dallas 2015, Cluj-Napoca 2017, Goa 2017, Kolkata 2019
Awards UNESCO Memory of the World
With backing from BKM, Gemeinnuetziger Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, VGF Verwertungsgesellschaft fuer Nutzungsrechte
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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