‘Metropolis’ at Berlinale

Posted by · 12:18 pm · February 12th, 2010

Guy is either en route or settling in at the Berlin fest presently, but I came across this live stream of a screening of Fritz Lang’s original cut of “Metropolis,” happening right now.  Go check it out.  One of my top three films of all time.

Metropolis at Berlinale

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  • 1 2-12-2010 at 12:24 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Fritz Lang’s “M” is one of my top three films of all time. Can’t wait ’till it comes out on Blu-ray. In the meantime, it’s available on Netflix instant watch.

    I need to see “Metropolis.”

  • 2 2-12-2010 at 1:08 pm

    Mike_M said...

    I want to check the new version out when it is released in the US, since I was definitely impressed with Metropolis, but I did not love it (Sunshine: A Song of Two Humans is probably my favorite silent film and one that is my top 10, maybe top 5 of all time).

    Some dedicated people in Berlin standing in a park in the cold with snow on the ground to watch a silent film. The crowd seems to have lessened since it started, but still a good size.

  • 3 2-12-2010 at 6:42 pm

    mark kratina said...

    Best silent films:

    The Big Parade
    City Lights
    anything with Buster Keaton
    Mysterious Lady

  • 4 2-12-2010 at 7:33 pm

    average joe said...

    Speaking of silent films, I just saw La Roue last weekend. My God, what a revelation. Abel Gance was an incredible filmmaker. Incredible montage editing two years before Potemkin. Anybody who hasn’t seen it should immediately put it in their netflix queue.

    Can’t wait to see the new version of Metropolis

  • 5 2-12-2010 at 8:46 pm

    SJG said...

    I almost bought Metropolis on DVD one day, but it was a pricey $70 dollars and I thought it would be best to spend my money a little more wisely. Thank God I did because it was LITERALLY a week later that it was announced a full copy had been discovered… so I’m waiting until the whole thing gets released on DVD / BluRay. It will be well worth the wait… which might be a while, from what I understand. : (

    Also, anyone who leaves “Häxan” of off a “Best Silent Film” list should be punished very, very harshly. (Ahem, mark kratina.)

  • 6 2-12-2010 at 8:51 pm

    Speaking English said...

    mark, you should include “The Passion of Joan of Arc.”

  • 7 2-13-2010 at 5:38 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Regret to say I am not standing in that crowd. Actually, it’s so freezing out there I don’t regret saying that at all.

  • 8 2-13-2010 at 5:47 am

    TJK said...

    NEW DVD to be released in APRIL!



    I saw last nIght on television. The newly found scenes are still rater scratched though.

  • 9 2-13-2010 at 6:05 am

    Derek 8-Track said...

    do you have a post with your top 10 or so films of all time anywhere on the site?

  • 10 2-13-2010 at 7:38 am

    TJK said...

    NEW DVD in APRIL 2010 (i think):


    Saw it last night on TV, it was awesome. The new scenes still look scratched though.
    The movie feels considerably different from the 2002 version. They also reedited certain parts.
    The movie feels darker and more charater driven than the 2002 version.

    About 3 scenes are completely new, a lot of the new footage are extensions to the previous footage.

    I posted this a while back but it seems not to be published.

  • 11 2-13-2010 at 7:39 am

    Mike_M said...

    Yeah, The Passion of Joan of Arc is pretty amazing too.

  • 12 2-13-2010 at 2:12 pm

    Daffodil31LE said...

    I have travelled to my parents especially to see the broadcast last night. It was beautiful! The 2001 restoration was already good, but with the found footage in place, plus the slight rearranging of some scenes, the movie looks so much better. Also the music sounded somewhat more “dark”, but at the same time more “bright”. It all makes more sense to me now.
    Let all of us just hope that somewhere, somehow is a more complete and undamaged print laying around. Not that I’m unimpressed or unhappy with what we have now, but one must never lose hope for something better or complete.

  • 13 2-18-2010 at 8:14 am

    Mark Kratina said...

    I forgot Sunrise in my best silent films. Late addition there.