Lost Metropolis Footage Found!

Lost Metropolis footage discovered!Back when Fritz Lang released what many consider to be his masterpiece, Metropolis, in 1927, it did so badly that the investors decided to cut out about 25% of the film and re-release it. Believe it or not, it actually did better (showing producers sometimes might know what the audience wants), but the cut footage has been thought lost ever since.

Then, earlier this year, Metropolis wound up in the collection of the Museum del Cine in Argentina, where it was discovered that almost all of that long-thought “lost” footage was in place in this particular cut of the film. Needless to say, film historians are chomping at the bit to see how much of Lang’s vision has been kept from us all these years.

The Variety story doesn’t give any specifics as to when or how the new footage will be made public, but I’m guessing a cleaned-up, remastered theatrical release isn’t an unrealistic expectation. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more!

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  • Avid Fan

    Wow, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a 3 hour silent film, but given the epic story that is Metropolis, with its amazing ArtDeco visuals and one of the hottest robots ever, not to mention the “workers” revolting against the upper echelon. This films got it all. Extra footage would be most welcome. I’m curious if there will be a new score or extra music they can add to this.

  • Spaceshark

    I feel like a newbie not knowing what this is…quick, someone scream about the sheer awesomeness of this movie and how I suck for not knowing it!

  • frank_dracman

    Don’t tease like that, Butane. If it ever got a theatrical release it would only be in NY or LA anyway. I can’t afford to go flying around the USA every time there’s a good movie playing. But like MagusMaleficus said, I’ll paying anything for a nice, clean, ultimate edition. This is indeed some exciting news.

  • MagusMaleficus

    Dude, this is fucking fantastic news. I love Metropolis, and will pay whatever is necessary to see Lang’s full vision for this film. Isn’t the unedited version of the film supposed to be close to (or possibly over) three hours?