Saturday, July 05, 2008

Fantastic news!!!

Unbelievable, but true: a complete cut of Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' has been discovered in the archives of a museum in Argentina!!!
A long-lost original cut of the 1927 silent film sat for 80 years in a private collection and then in the Museum of Cinema in Buenos Aires, where it was discovered in April with scratched images that hadn't been seen before.

Museum director Paula Felix-Didier said theirs is the only copy of German director Fritz Lang's complete film.

"This is the version Fritz Lang intended," said Martin Koerber, a curator at the Deutsche Kinemathek film museum in Berlin, Germany.
I have the Kino version, which is fully restored, and up until now the most complete version available. It has the original accompanying score by Gottfried Huppertz. The film restorers had the complete written score, so they could tell by following the score how many missing scenes there were, and how much film had been lost.
In June, Felix-Didier flew with a DVD to the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation in Wiesbaden, Germany, which owns the rights to "Metropolis." Researchers there confirmed that the scenes were original.

You can read the rest of the story here.

The Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung also does the restoration work for these German silent films. I suppose they are going to do a matching restoration of the newly-discovered scenes, and then release the whole thing, presumably with the complete Huppertz score. Who knows? Maybe there will be grand live "premieres" to mark the occasion, with the film being shown on the big screen with a live orchestra!

After all the rotten news of this week, this makes me very happy. And to celebrate, here is my favourite moment from 'Metropolis'. This is Huppertz's score, and I think the best musical passage in the movie: the Moloch Machine.

1 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Muller said...

Wow! Thanks for the news! "Metropolis" is one of my two most favorite movies. I thought that I would never watch it twice, but now I will have every reason to.

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