Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Prime Cut

Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Prime Cut

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The recent restoration of Fritz Lang's Metropolis is now available for home viewing in three plush editions, in Eureka's Masters of Cinema DVD series. Metropolis is the foundation of all subsequent science-fiction films. It is a movie of incalculable influence that deserves to be seen by all - and the chief attractions of this version are 25 minutes of footage unseen for 80 years, and long believed lost, as well as a recording of the original score.

Premiered the year The Jazz Singer's sound changed cinema, Metropolis was a peak of both silent film and German Expressionism. (It would be over 40 years until there was a sci-fi film in sound, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which equalled its accomplishment. ) Lang's imagery, which still overwhelms the eyes and the imagination, has rarely been surpassed. …

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