Sunday, July 6, 2008

Original Cut of Metropolis Found

The IMDB is reporting that an original cut of Metropolis has been found in Argentina:

"Less than two weeks after New York-based Kino International had announced that it had completed a frame-by-frame restoration of Fritz Lang's 1927 classic Metropolis and would release it in 2009, a long-lost and badly scratched original cut of the movie has turned up in Argentina, where it was shown to reporters for the first time on Thursday. Paula Felix-Didier, director of the Museo de Cine in Buenos Aires, told the reporters that the three-and-a-half-hour print is the only known copy of Lang's complete film. The film that has been shown in theaters since that time and which in recent years has become available on home video is roughly half that length. Kino said Thursday that it may include the newly discovered footage in its 2009 release."

I sincerely hope Kino decides to include the footage, badly scratched or not. It would be wonderful to see this classic as Lang intended.

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Blogger pujasku said...

Just a question nor related with this item. I would like to know the name of the actor or film of the first part of this video uploaded to youtube (my soon liked a lot and I want to get some original films):

July 6, 2008 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger Kally said...

That would be none other than Buster Keaton! The film is "Sherlock, Jr.," and is my favorite silent movie (comedy category).

I'm pleased they included the best scene in the whole film, where Buster jumps through the tie lady's briefcase and disappears. To me, that is why I show this movie to friends who have never seen a silent movie; the special effects of today are amazing, but when you see something like that done in 1924 it shows you that silents were *not* "primitive" -- not by any stretch!

July 6, 2008 at 7:17 PM  

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