Fritz Lang’s iconic 1927 Science Fiction movie Metropolis was severely edited a short time after its initial release, resulting in the loss of significant portions of the film, with the remaining edited film being disjointed and complete.
In 1998, a print of the original movie was discovered in a museum in Buenos Aires - it’s in poor condition, but it contains nearly all of the missing footage and of equal or greater importance, it means the original narrative and editing can be known.
So the footage was cleaned up a bit and the film reconstructed to be the way it was originally intended - almost completely.
I went to see it last night and it’s bloody fantastic. I’ve tried to watch it before in the edited version from DVD and found it too disjointed to follow, so I booked a ticket to see this restored/reconstructed release on the basis of its significance to the cinema scene, expecting to find it really hard work, but in its original version, it’s a great movie - fast-paced, gripping, edge-of-the-seat silent drama - thoroughly enjoyable and engaging.
Anyone else seen it yet?