02/07/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Missing scenes have been found in a Latin American movie archive for Fritz Lang's classic science fiction film Metropolis.
For 80 years the original version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis has been considered lost. Now ZEITmagazin is to show details from the missing scenes of the early 1927 scifi film for the first time and reports on how the full cut of the film was tracked down in the archive of the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires.
Through this new discovery, key scenes from the silent film become more intelligible while minor characters now have leading parts.
Rainer Rother, Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kinemathek Museum in Berlin told SFcrowsnest.com, "Metropolis, Fritz Lang's most famous film, can be seen through new eyes. This is a sensational discovery."
Professor Martin Koerber, the restorer of the most recent version of Metropolis, added, "No matter how bad the condition of the material may be, the original intention of the film, including all of its minor characters and subplots, is now once again tangible for the normal viewer. The rhythm of the film has been restored."
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