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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.
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
Runtime 70 min
Format color, b&w
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Moscow 2010

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