The Complete Metropolis featuring the Alloy Orchestra

Genre:  Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  150 min.
Release Date: March 23, 1927

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Cast: Alfred Abel, Gustav Frölich, Brigitte Helm, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Heinrich George, Fritz Rasp, Heinrich Gotho, Erwin Biswanger, Hans Leo Reich, Olaf Storm


Roger Ebert has called Boston's Alloy Orchestra "the best in the world at accompanying silent films." This internationally-known trio—Terry Donahue, Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Ken Winokur—comes to the main auditorium of the newly-restored Capitol Theatre to perform their signature score—that for Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi spectacle Metropolis. It's been 10 years since the Alloy accompanied Metropolis live in Cleveland, and this time they apply their distinctive mix of clarinet, accordion, electronics, and junk metal percussion to The Complete Metropolis, a new restoration of Lang's futuristic epic that is 25 minutes (and 25%) longer than all prior restorations. This new version is the most complete Metropolis we will probably ever see! Missing scenes and subplots represented previously by film stills and intertitles now live again on film. (The footage comes from a 16mm copy of an original release print recently unearthed in Argentina.) For the first time, Lang's exciting tale of a gleaming futuristic city where the ruling elite lead lives of luxury above ground and worker drones toil on machinery underground, and a robot-led revolt threatens both classes, makes total sense! Even if you saw The Complete Metropolis earlier this year at the Cinematheque or the Cleveland Museum of Art, you did not see it with the Alloy Orchestra's galvanizing original score.

Director: Fritz Lang
Studio: Kino International
Producer(s): Erich Pommer
Screenplay: Thea von Harbou
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