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In Volume 1, Episode 14 of the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski visit the futuristic city of METROPOLIS, the 1927 science fiction classic from director Fritz Lang. The subject of a recent restoration that added over twenty minutes of footage, the film is ripe for reappraisal. Is it even better than before, or is the additional running time a mere marketing ploy to get you to buy more DVDs? Also under consideration this week: a Frank Frazetta obituary, Dario Argento does Dracula in 3D, plus a week’s worth of news and a look at upcoming home video releases.
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“Metropolis” is set in the year 2026, amidst the extraordinary Gothic skyscrapers of a corporate city-state, the metropolis of the title. Society has been divided into two rigid groups. One is composed of the intellectuals, planners and thinkers, who live high above the earth in comfort and luxury. The other group is made up of the laboring workers who live in a subterranean underground, a conceivable image of hell, constantly toiling in a vast workshop in order to sustain the opulent lives of the privileged ones.
The direct inspiration for Fritz Lang to make “Metropolis” in 1927 came from an earlier trip that he made to New York City. Eighty years later, as New York has actually become the grievous icon of life in the new century, suddenly “Metropolis” has become more realistic and important than ever before. Today, one of Lang’s messages to us is: “We live in fear, our minds, houses and cities became our prisons. Evil done to others turns against us.” The Metropolis, which Lang constructed in his film, is now our own contemporary world.
The film's portrayal of brutal capitalism and the importance of compassion remain hugely relevant, as does its message, “There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator.” However, those in positions of power and wealth today have grown accustomed to ignoring that social message.
Further, our world has degenerated into a fragmented series of images, the meanings of which we often cannot understand, and which we often can no longer integrate into a comprehensible whole. In a sense, we are losing the key to our mind. “Metropolis” has become a foreboding journey into the mind of contemporary man: deep down there, one discovers only fear.
This piece includes a number of vintage b&w photographs from the film and a full-length version of the movie, with music re-scored by Lucas Brode.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/metropolis-a-contemporary-symphony-of-fear/“Metropolis” is set in the year 2026, amidst the extraordinary Gothic... more
CINEFANTASTIQUE PODCAST on HuffPost: Langarama! -- WOMAN ON THE MOON and THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSEIn anticipation of the release of the almost-fully-restored silent science-fiction classic, METROPOLIS, the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast presents Langarama!, an episode focusing back on two classics of yesteryear from renowned German master filmmaker Fritz Lang: WOMAN IN THE MOON (1929) and THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (1933). The first is an ambitious early example of serious cinematic science fiction; the latter is a masterful crime thriller with overtones of the supernatural. Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski also delve into the week’s news and home video releases.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-persons/cinefantastique-horror-fa_b_551691.htmlIn anticipation of the release of the almost-fully-restored silent science-fiction... more
Best album cover in a long time.
If you've got time to kill, and lord knows you do on The Internet, you should go to the Berlin Film Festival to see the restored version of Metropolis. Or, you know, watch it live and streaming from your office desk like me.
As Roger Ebert points out, the restored cut adds nearly an hour of footage to the Fritz Lang classic. Now get watchin'. If you've got time to kill, and lord knows you do on The Internet, you should... more
Netflix Watch Instantly Adds Even More Criterion Collection Films! [Criterion on Netflix] « The Criterion CastNetflix Watch Instantly has added even more Criterion Collection Films to their selection. You can find links, descriptions, and even trailers to the films over at CriterionCast.com.
These posts are helpful to bookmark, for those nights when you're browsing Netflix, looking for something good to watch.
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The Criterion Collection has announced their planned releases for May 2010. They will be releasing a new print of Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout on DVD and Blu-ray, Fritz Lang's M on Blu-ray, John Ford's Stagecoach on DVD and Blu-ray, Volume 2 of Stan Brakhage's short films on DVD and Blu-ray, and a new Eclipse DVD box set of Nagisa Oshima films. You can find links to all of the films over on CriterionCast.com
http://criterioncast.com/2010/02/12/may-2010-criterion-collection-new-releases-announced-criterion-new-releases/The Criterion Collection has announced their planned releases for May 2010. They will... more
'Der Baader Meinhof Komplex' should have been a great film. But it's not. What it needed was a feverish jolt of the criminal - as in Fritz Lang's incredible film of crime 'The Testament of Dr. Mabuse'.'Der Baader Meinhof Komplex' should have been a great film. But it's... more
Fritz Lang's amazing 1927 film "Metropolis" has recently been described as a contemporary symphony of fear. "Metropolis" is a landmark in the development of film noir. The film's depiction of brutal capitalism and its message calling for the importance of compassion is hugely relevant today, although its crucial message is largely ignored by the rich and powerful.
This detailed article includes a number of stunning vintage photographs and video from Lang's amazing film, "Metropolis."Fritz Lang's amazing 1927 film "Metropolis" has recently been described... more
Back in 2003, an "uncut" version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis was released on DVD. According to recent news coming out of Argentina, 24 more minutes have been discovered, meaning that the quest for a definitive cut may finally be realized in the near future.
Like Orsen Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons and Touch of Evil, Metropolis underwent heavy editing in the hands of Hollywood studio moguls. Paramount Pictures attempted to simplify Lang's labyrinthine narrative by chopping a rumored half hour out of the film. This footage was presumed to be lost, but this recent discovery could result in the original cut restored for audiences to enjoy.
Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Welles notes that even with the 2003 restoration effort, he never felt that narrative ever really suffered or felt to be lacking in any significant way. What do you think?
Here's a Yahoo! News story with more details: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080703/ennew_afp/entertainmentgermanyargentinafilmlang_080703114930Back in 2003, an "uncut" version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis was... more
I remixed a film from the 1920's.....inspired by current's new website and delicious free music library....I hope this doesn't give anyone nightmares...
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FYI: historians say that over a quarter of the original footage is now lost forever...when imported to America in1927, the entire thesis of the film was lost and distorted in editing....at the time, it was believed the message was too much for american audiences...
the version of the film currently available, demonizes the protagonist (Joh Fredersen) the man who runs Metropolis. in the original version, Federsen's character is the hero who throws a wrench into his own machine ...and lifts up the working class..
the US version plays out like a love story...only establishes villains or heroes....and totally botches the director's (Fritz Lang) original message.
yay 4 hollywood...bringing us spineless, diluted entertainment for over a century...woo hoo.I remixed a film from the 1920's.....inspired by current's new website and... more