Sunday, November 7, 2010

Metropolis restored

You may have read that several years ago, a bunch of silent film material was found in an archive in Argentina, including material from Fritz Lang's Metropolis that had for decades been considered lost. The restorationists got their hands on the material, and went through the long process of restoring it and putting it back into the movie with the existing material to try to keep as true to Lang's original vision as possible. I haven't seen the restored version yet, but it's airing tonight on TCM at 8:00 PM ET.

Metropolis is the jumping-off point for a night of Lang's movies, including his other early classic, M, starring Peter Lorre as a psychotic child-killer, at 2:30 AM.

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