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  • Film programme "Symphonies of the Cities" | W 09.11 Time 18.00


    Metropolis | Metropolis

    Director: Fritz Lang

    Country: Germany

    Year: 1927

    Length: 149'

    Official website: www.metropolis2710.de/en/index.html

     Film introduction by Eva Näripea

    The world premiere of the restored version of METROPOLIS (DE 1927/2010) in Frankfurt and Berlin brings back to the screen the original version of the monumental silent film classic which for decades was considered to be lost.

    The almost completely restored original version of the Murnau Foundation celebrates its premiere on February 12 at the same time in the Alte Oper (Frankfurt am Main) as part of the interdisciplinary project cooperation Phänomen Expressionismus which was initiated by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt Rhine-Main as well as in the Friedrichstadtpalast on the occasion of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.

    The newly adapted music score which is based on the original score of 1927 will accompany both screenings. In Berlin the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin plays under the direction of Frank Strobel, in Frankfurt the Staatsorchester Braunschweig performs under the direction of Helmut Imig

    Short synopsis of Metropolis:
    Sometime in the future. Johann Fredersen is mastermind of Metropolis, a gigantic high-tech city, under whose surface masses of workers lead an archaic slave existence. His son, Freder, is witness to the inhumane working conditions and rebels against his despotic father, discovering a spiritual community in the catacombs of the city: Maria, a young woman, preaches the virtues of love and reconciliation. But Fredersen discovers Maria as well and conjures up a sinister plan. He commissions the scientist Rotwang to develop a robot form of Maria, which he will use to gain influence over the workers. The plan works, but Freder and Maria are able to hinder the catastrophe in the last minute. The mass hysteria turns and directs its rage toward the robot Maria, who is burned at the stake. Freder and Maria form a new brotherly community among the classes - Fredersen offers his hand in reconciliation, true to the motto of the film: "the mediator between the hand and the brain must be the heart".
    Texts from: http://www.metropolis2710.de/en/index.html 

    Holder of the rights: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung