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July 03, 2008



Wow wow wow! It's amazing the sort of stuff that's out there, forgotten in some back room. I look forward to seeing this in it's entirety.

Norton Zenger

Not mentioned in the article: For some bizarre reason, the recovered copy contains the Giorgio Moroder soundtrack.


Shoot, that's "its" rather than "it's"...


I'm not sure if you're being facetious or not (regarding the Moroder soundtrack) -- it seems like you're not. However, it would seem strange (to me, at least) that a famous musician could have soundtracked this film within the last 30 years, and not have the discrepencies in length be discovered. Are you being serious though?


german film found in beunos aires. can you say nazi in hiding?


"Magnificent Ambersons" and the other chopped Orsons too, please!


I'm pretty sure Zenger is serious. It's well known that Brian May and Moroder fought a duel for the official rights to do the soundtrack, and Moroder lost. Not only was his soundtrack not used, but Moroder had to do 20 pushups as punishment as well. I personally own the flourescent rubber lances from the duel, certified genuine by an authentic EBay Power Seller.

Dale Hazelton

Amazing film. Brigitte Helm is one of the hottest things in a hundred years of film history. Any German expressionism like this or Caligari or Nosferatu is high on my list of watchables, and I bought a collection of these AT THE SUPERMARKET of all places . I guess they are public domain, and that's why the soundtracks and editing can be all over the place. I've seen Metropolis with a minimalist Krautrock synth in the 70s, a jaunty upright piano soundtrack in the 80s, and of course there's Moroder. Does anyone know if there is a legitimate score for it? There's a nice box set of Langs stuff I'd like because I've never seen Women on the Moon.

I picked up Intolerance and haven't been able to sit through it yet. The Germans and Russians were much better filmakers. Less maudlin.


Thanks to Metropolis, I have reserved the name Rotwang for my firstborn child.


Actually, the soundtrack to Flash Gordon syncs up perfectly to Metropolis. Try it!


That's awesome news. The fact that bits are missing is why I've held off watching Metropolis, and now they've been found!
It's like when I held off seeing Planet Terror and Death Proof out of the hope that Grindhouse might be shown somewhere and then it was.

Okay, maybe it's a bit different.


"can finally be understood"?! not likely. even the thea von harbou source novel is incomprehensible.


Huh. My mistake--I thought Brian May really did do that version--must've been because of the video for that horrible Queen song. My friend and I rented the (apparently) Moroder version of Metropolis in high school and turned the volume off. We listened instead to 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, by Phillip Glass, and it worked pretty well.

Less Lee Moore

Isn't Welles to blame for the horrible Magnificent Ambersons editing? Wasn't it directly the result of his dicking around in South America while the studio kept pestering him to come back and finish the edit?

At any rate, I agree with you!

I can't wait for this restored Metropolis! Huzzah!


Dale: the Kino DVD of the "restored authorized edition" is set to a full orchestral version of the Gottfried Huppertz score from the 1927 German premiere. Before you run out and get it, though, you might want to hold out for next year's reissue, if the rumors that Kino's going to delay the release to put in this newfound material are true.


Several years ago TCM aired a version of "Metropolis" which had been reedited to conform to the original plot line, with stills and title cards substituted for the missing footage. The plot was complex but certainly comprehensible. I don't remember whether the 1927 score was used, or whether a new score was recorded.

Neal Burgess

Saw the recent restored version a few years ago in the theatre during a Silent Movie Festival. Had live organ accompaniment as well and was far more impressive and majestic than the video version with the '80s soundtrack. I do remember one scene that had a bunch of nymphs in shear clothing dancing around for some reason (other than titillation) that wasn't in the video version.

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