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on April 27, 2010 by Steve Simels

Yet another reason why I love this job: Thursday morning I'll be attending a critic's screening of the fully restored (25 minutes of rediscovered footage unseen since 1927) version of Fritz Lang's visionary sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis I've been pestering you guys about for what only seems like years now.

If truth be told, I've never seen any version of the film on the big screen before, so this is doubly exciting for me. More to the point, I was doing some research on the film the other day when I chanced across this iconic image -- the False Maria (played by then teenaged Brigitte Helm) driving the corrupt super-rich of Metropolis wild at the Yoshiwara Nightclub as the embodiment of (as my colleague Glenn Kenny put it) the You-Know-What of Babylon...


...and it dawned on me that a certain Diva du Jour, who's never had an original idea in her life and who has a tendency to try too hard...


...has probably watched some edition of Metropolis in the last year or so.

I'm guessing the 80s disco version supervised by Donna Summer producer Giorgio Moroder, of course.

In any event, I'll have more to say about the restoration after the screening. The film opens in major cities on May 6th; in the meantime, you can learn more about all things Metropolis (and view the 2010 trailer) at the Kino International website over here.


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