Thursday, July 3, 2008
Film Nerds Rejoice!!
Film archivists at the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires have discovered a COMPLETE 16mm print of Fritz Lang's classic 1927 masterpiece, Metropolis! Lang was forced to make cuts to the film after it's original limited release and 20% of the original cut was removed from the film. Due to the fact that such exised material was rarely saved, the devasting effects of World War II and the deteriorating nature of nitrate film stock, it was long thought that the footage or any existing prints of the original version was lost forever. The print isn't in the best shape, but it's likely that it can be restored sufficiently enough to be re-edited into the film for eventual screenings and a dvd release.
Metropolis is a great film and one I can recommend to people who are afraid they'll be bored by a silent film. It's visually stunning and a cultural landmark that still influences filmmakers and artists.
I originally saw this at Digital Bits: http://www.thedigitalbits.com/#mytwocents