Friday, 12 February 2010

Metropolis: further lost scenes restored

Rejoicing in film nerd circles as more lost scenes are found from Metropolis. Yes, EVEN MORE lost scenes. How long WAS this movie on first release? I remember the big hiss and roar that accompanied the Moroder soundtrack version in the 80s that rstored crucial lost scenes, and I'm certain - in my grumpy Daily Mail columnist way - that there have been at least two recuts since then (one to eliminate the deeply annoying Moroder soundtrack). Maybe the whole robot/Rotwang thing is just a side plot in a much longer movie about rabbits or something.


  1. I had to do the press release for this recently - the Asian premiere of the new cut is at the HK film festival. (I didn't *have* to, they paid me for it.)

    From what I can tell, it was originally INSANELY long. Although it was staggeringly mishandled after the original release, Metropolis definitely needed some trimming, just not the cuts it got. The recovered footage sounds useful. Maybe someone will dare to get shot of some of the pointless bits we already had.

  2. It's long time since I've seen it, but I seem to recall that certain scenes of what should be quite straight forward action are very drawn out.

    Surely it's time for a remake anyway? Now more than ever we need Maria's message of anatomical co-operation between cardio and cerebral function!


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